Hell's Bay

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St. Martin's Press, Feb 5, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Master of suspense James W. Hall's Hell's Bay sends Thorn deep into the wilds of South Florida, in a story with all the haunting atmosphere of Deliverance and the sheer terror of Cape Fear.

Descended from pioneer stock, the Bateses are an aristocratic Floridian family with vast holdings in real estate and mining. When matriarch Abigail Bates is discovered drowned in the Peace River, a chain of events is set into motion, embroiling Thorn with a family he never knew he had and a fortune he doesn't necessarily want.

Thorn is leading a fishing expedition into the isolated lakes and mangrove swamps of Hell's Bay when Abigail's son and beautiful granddaughter arrive, claiming Thorn as a long-lost relative and asking him to solve the woman's murder. Little do they know that the killer is already on their trail. Soon their houseboat becomes a precarious island of safety in a landscape of escalating violence. What does the killer want? And why is their predator so enraged, determined to kill them all no matter what the cost?

As Marilyn Stasio said in The New York Times, "If violence can be poetic, Hall has the lyric voice for it." In this tour de force of fear and suspense, Hall shows how one family's dark past comes back to haunt its most remote member---and may ultimately cost him his life.

 

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The author's independent fishing guide Thorn acquires a first and middle name and a family with a billion dollars worth of baggage plus the keys to the balance of the Florida ecology.The latest from ... Read full review

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The enigmatic Thorn, antihero of nine previous Hall novels (including Magic City and Off the Chart), finds himself embroiled in treachery that seriously disrupts his solitary life on the Florida Keys ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE
3
CHAPTER TWO
9
CHAPTER THREE
14
CHAPTER FOUR
21
CHAPTER FIVE
32
CHAPTER SIX
40
CHAPTER SEVEN
51
CHAPTER EIGHT
60
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
181
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
190
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
196
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
202
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
209
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
218
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
225
CHAPTER THIRTY
229

CHAPTER NINE
65
CHAPTER TEN
72
CHAPTER ELEVEN
79
CHAPTER TWELVE
93
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
100
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
110
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
119
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
127
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
136
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
143
CHAPTER NINETEEN
152
CHAPTER TWENTY
160
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
166
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
174
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
235
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
241
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
248
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
258
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
265
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
274
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
282
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
290
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
294
CHAPTER FORTY
302
CHAPTER FORTYONE
308
CHAPTER FORTYTWO
313
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About the author (2008)

JAMES W. HALL is an Edgar and Shamus Award–winning author whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. He has written four books of poetry, a collection of short fiction, and a collection of essays. Hell's Bay is his fifteenth novel. He and his wife, Evelyn, divide their time between South Florida and North Carolina.

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