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A father’s murder and a son’s ruthless betrayal are at the heart of the new novel by “master of suspense” (Publishers Weekly) James W. Hall Earl Hammond, the wealthy patriarch of a family of ranchers, lies dead, shot just as he was to donate his Coquina Ranch to the state to preserve it from developers.  Spearheading the plan to save this environmental treasure was Thorn, a reluctant heir to a secret family fortune, who now finds himself in terrible danger as well.  A pair of deviant brothers, both contract killers, kidnaps him and drags him to a game preserve, surrounded by herds of exotic and very dangerous animals.  He is entrapped in a sinkhole—a geological dungeon from which there is no escape. But Frisco Hammond, the dark sheep of the family, is drawn into the investigation of his father’s murder and Thorn’s disappearance.  He suspects the crimes are related.  Helping him is his brother’s beautiful, troubled wife, Clare.  They uncover a trail that leads back to the 1930’s, . . .

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When her parents were murdered, Hannah Keller was 3,­000 miles away, on leave from her job with the Miami Police Department. Her family's only survivor on that deadly day was Hannah's six-­year-­old son Randall. While fishing on the dock behind his grandparents' house, the boy glimpsed the killers, and later discovered his grandparents' bullet-­riddled bodies.­Five years later the trauma of that day still haunts the boy. He lives in terror that the killers will return for him. Hannah is no longer a cop but now works full time as a novelist, and is trying to do whatever she can to heal her son's wounds. But when she receives a coded message apparently from her parents' killers, the entire episode explodes again. Teaming up with a maverick FBI agent from the Miami field office, Hannah begins to track the killer. As she moves deeper into the labyrinth, she discovers, to her horror, that she and her son are being used as pawns in an elaborate scheme--­a trap designed to catch one of the . . .

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In the tradition of James Dickey’s Deliverance and Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, bestselling author and award-­winning poet James W. Hall has written a literary novel that is also an intricate, suspenseful mystery—a story blending the macabre and the historic, the genteel and the aberrant, the violent and the heroic. With his signature mix of brooding atmosphere and compelling action that readers have come to expect from his Thorn series, Hall takes readers deep into America’s own Heart of Darkness in Forests of the Night. Policewoman Charlotte Monroe has cop instincts. Scratch that. There isn’t a name for the gift she has, something that borders on psychic, an ability to read people’s faces and body language like the morning headlines—to size up their intentions and act before they do. It’s a real ability that the FBI is trying to teach to its agents. The bureau is spending millions so they’ll know the difference between a slightly raised eyebrow and a faint twitch of the lip. . . .

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Would you stay in a haunted house for more than one night?­�Would you live in a place where ghostly things keep happening? Where a cellar door you know you locked the night before is always open the following morning?­� Where hushed whimp...

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Devastatingly desirable hotshot lawyer Sebastian Conway has a string of glamorous socialites available to escort him to every social occasion-­so why would this playboy billionaire ever want to settle down? But Sebastian is also the Conway heir, and the time has come for him to do his duty and return to his family’ s seat in Cornwall, the grand Pengarroth Hall estate…. At an exclusive weekend gathering, Sebastian discovers pretty, virginal Fleur Richardson, who gets flustered at his every word. Sebastian finds himself beguiled. Maybe Fleur’ s not so much potential mistress material as the future mistress of Pengarroth Hall-­if only Sebastian can overcome his allergy to marriage….

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Naked Came the Manatee is a novel like no other: a wickedly funny Florida suspense thriller, written serially by thirteen of the state's most talented writers. In November 1995, a baker's dozen of Florida's finest writers began a serial novel for The Miami Herald's Tropic magazine under the guidance of Tropic's editor Tom Shroder - one writer passing the completed chapters to the next - and with each chapter, the excitement grew.

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Eighteen years ago, a girl shot down a rapist while her father's lawnmower sputtered in the yard outside. Somewhere in the heat and shadows of that day, Alexandra Rafferty took on the burden of her deed, and forged a bond of silence with her cop father. But now Alexandra's husband has left, her father is clinging to his health, and a Miami serial killer is leaving behind death scenes that go beyond the horrific. For Alexandra, her life and work are exploding--­exposing the truth about the killer she seeks, the lover she's choosing, and one summer afternoon that has never gone away... Body Language is one of James W. Hall's greatest Thorn mysteries--­a heartfelt and gripping thriller.

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In the first Thorn mystery, a troubled soul—­Thorn—­hunts for the men who killed the woman who raised him Thorn's parents died the day he was born, run off the road by a drunk driver on their way back from the hospital. The baby lived, the offender beat the rap, and both men went on with their lives until nineteen years later, when Thorn took revenge—­hunting down his parents' killer and taking his life in a vain attempt to bring back those who had been lost.   Two decades later, Thorn remains scarred by his crime. He lives in Key West, selling fishing flies and keeping an eye on Kate Truman, the woman who adopted him. Soon he loses her too, to a pair of brutal murderers whom the police have no hope of tracking down. Thorn knows the Keys, and he will find them—­but before he can take revenge, he must confront the horror of the first time he killed.

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From an acclaimed “master of suspense”(New York Times Book Review) comes a thriller in which Thorn must confront an assassin whose victims and methods are taken directly from the script of a popular TV showApril Moss writes obituaries for the Miami Herald.  Her son, Sawyer, also a writer, has been scripting a cable TV series called “Miami Ops” and has been using his mother’s work as a central element of the show's storyline.  In “Miami Ops,­” a serial killer is using obituaries published in the local paper as a blueprint for selecting his next victims.­But midway through the season, a copycat appears off-­screen, a real-­life killer who is using the same strategy to select victims.  When this serial killer crosses paths with the reclusive Thorn, he has no choice but to leave his sanctuary in Key Largo and join forces with a young policewoman from Oklahoma who is investigating the murders.­In addition to the show’s head writer, April’s other son, Sawyer’s twin brother, works on “Miami . . .

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The Braswell family had everything people would kill for: money, looks, power. But their eldest son, the family's shining light, died in a bizarre fishing accident. And when he disappeared-­hauled into the depths by the giant marlin he had been fighting-­he took with him a secret so corrupt that it could destroy the Braswells. Ten years later, a huge airliner crashes in the steamy shallows off the Florida coast, killing all aboard. Helping pull bodies from the water, Thorn finds himself drawn into a bizarre conspiracy: someone has developed a high tech weapon capable of destroying electrical systems in a powerful flash. The terrorist potential is huge. How are the secretive Braswells and their family-­owned company, MicroDyne, involved? And what does it have to do with the family's obsessive hunt for the great marlin that killed their golden boy? With the Braswells, James W. Hall introduces one of the most evil and dysfunctional families in the history of fiction. And, along with . . .

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A novel based on real events and newly declassified documents, Magic City is to Miami what L.­A. Confidential and Chinatown were to Los Angeles.  It evokes a time in our nation's history when powerful men were willing to do whatever they thought necessary to achieve their goals.­A simple black and white photograph taken during the 1964 Cassius Clay-­Sonny Liston fight on Miami Beach may hold the key to a horrific, politically-­motivated crime forty-­two years earlier.  After it suddenly appears on display at a trendy Miami gallery opening, the photograph is burned in an act of arson that sets off a modern-­day murder spree, reaching from the quiet neighborhoods of Miami to the back corridors of the White House. What the killer didn't know is that there is one remaining copy. When it falls into Thorn's hands, he and everyone he loves become the target of madmen and trained killers, each of whom has his own powerful motive to see the photograph destroyed forever and its mysteries kept . . .

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The New York Times Book Review calls Edgar Award–winner James W. Hall a "master of suspense" and this new high-­stakes thriller Going Dark shows why as Thorn embarks on a mission to save his newfound son Earth Liberation Front, known as ELF, is a loosely knit organization comprised of environmental activists scattered around the country. These extremists take a "by any means necessary" approach to defending the planet. In the last decade ELF has been responsible for close to a hundred million dollars in damage mainly through arson. The FBI ranks them, along with other eco-­radicals, as the number one homegrown terrorist threat. Flynn Moss, Thorn’s newly discovered son, has naively fallen in with an ELF cell in Miami which has its sights on Turkey Point, the largest nuclear power plant in the state. This ELF group has concocted a non-­violent plan to shut the nuke plant down—nothing more than a huge publicity stunt to call attention to the dangers of nuclear power. But unbeknownst to . . .

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Thorn tracks the killer of an old friend through the Florida Keys A few months have passed since Thorn tracked down the men who raped and murdered his foster mother—­a hunt that left six dead, with Thorn nearly among them. His lover, an attorney worn down by defending the scum of South Florida, has moved out of state, and now Thorn is alone to make a new life from the shambles of the old. But death is not ready to leave him be.   When an old friend, ex-­FBI agent Gaeton Richards, vanishes, Thorn has a hunch he can find him. He knows every canal and back alley of Key West, and the name of every scumbag who might know something about the missing cop. The hunt takes him into the heart of organized crime in the Florida Keys—­an underworld in which asking questions may cost Thorn his life.

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On the twenty-­third of December, 1787, His Majesty's armed transport Bounty sailed from Portsmouth on as strange, eventful, and tragic a voyage as ever befell an English ship. Her errand was to proceed to the island of Tahiti (or Otaheite, as it was then called), in the Great South Sea, there to collect a cargo of young breadfruit trees for transportation to the West Indies, where, it was hoped, the trees would thrive and thus, eventually, provide an abundance of cheap food for the negro slaves of the English planters.
The events of that voyage it is the purpose of this tale to unfold. Mutiny on the Bounty, which opens the story, is concerned with the voyage from England, the long Tahiti sojourn while the cargo of young breadfruit trees was being assembled, the departure of the homeward-­bound ship, the mutiny, and the fate of those of her company who later returned to Tahiti, where the greater part of them were eventually seized by H. M. S. Pandora and taken back to England, in . . .

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