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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James W. Hall Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Wealthy Florida matron Abigail Bates is on a canoe trip down a backwater river when suddenly, from out of nowhere, she is held underwater to drown by a strange and merciless killer.

Thorn is aboard a houseboat in Hell's Bay when he is confronted by Abigail's son and alluring granddaughter. Thorn soon learns that they are his long-lost relatives - and that he is about to inherit a great fortune. He's also about to find out that being a member of the Bates family comes with a price.

As he searches for clues about Abigail's murder, Thorn's houseboat becomes a precarious island of safety as he and the others find themselves hunted by an invisible enemy. For someone out there knows much more about the Bates family's dark past than Thorn does. Someone who has lived a lifetime in their shadow - and has seen the damage their wealth and influence has caused. Someone who is determined to exact revenge on the family...no matter what the cost.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Pat | 2/12/2014

    " James W. Hall come through again with a real page-turner. Thorn finds family (good news, bad news) and love again. Perfect for vacation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 2/9/2014

    " Solid Florida Keys suspense read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 2/6/2014

    " Action adventure. Starts out pretty slow but really picks up the pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/27/2014

    " Excellent suspense with Thorn and Sugarman in a race to avert a vendetta as they work in separate but converging spheres in south Florida. The corporate evil this time lies with the phospate mining barons, and the environmental impact of their industry is highlighted as a backdrop to this character-driven tale. Plenty of twists abound as characters show their true colors under duress, in this case the set of fishing trip guests aboard a houseboat which gets disabled and besieged in a remote part of the Everglades. Much about Thorn's family origins are revealed, which sadly comes with more negatives than positives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Icicle4 | 1/20/2014

    " This one got a little crazy toward the end, but was still good. Lots of nature in these Hall books. I think the author has an environmentalist bent kind of like John D. McDonald who wrote the Travis McGee books also set in Florida. The character Doc Ford in the Randy Wayne White books is similar to Travis McGee in the McDonald books. The books are fun, but seem kind of dated now. The McGee books all have a color in the title like "The Quick Red fox". Wikipedia has a good write-up if you Google Travis McGee. If you find the paperbacks around they will probably be old and will look like trashy little books, but they are sleepers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 1/19/2014

    " Thorn is a Florida outdoorsman who does rough stuff on the side, but you root for him to come out on top. He's in the mold of Travis McGee, but Mr. Hall's prose is richer than JDM's. Enjoyable tale of a fishing vessel marooned in the Everglades with a maniacal lady killer stalking it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 1/14/2014

    " Entertaining as usual with Thorn always having the right view point and getting the job done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/22/2013

    " I liked the book but it took me along time to read. I'm not sure if that was because of the small print and my eyes or if the action just wasn't quick enough for me. Loved the setting, books written about places I lived (Keys in this case) always add to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicky | 7/29/2013

    " Wasn't one of my favorite "Thorn" novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/7/2013

    " Always love his Thorn character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/22/2013

    " Thorn story takes place on a houseboat in the Everglades. I ended up reading this again in 2011. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Harris | 3/23/2013

    " Well, I do like James W Hall but I got about a third of the way thru and realized I had read it previously. Since the book was only published in 2008, it must not have made a tremendous impression. But I was going thru difficult times then so will give James the benefit of the doubt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 12/12/2012

    " You learn who did it by Chapter Two... and can't wait to find out the whys and wherefores. Very well-written, with a taut plot and characters that hold your interest. There are enough twists and turns to make it even more riveting. I will read more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derk | 12/11/2012

    " It was OK. I have read one other by this author, I think it was the one after this one, but I forget the title. It was OK also, but I'm not rushing to read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 2/9/2012

    " I discovered James W. Hall years ago. Like Carl Hiassen, his thrillers take place in Florida and often have ecology as a theme. He has a very appealing main character, Thorn, a somewhat reclusive fly tieing macho guy. I think Hall is terrific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 11/13/2011

    " About a 3.5. We need a 10 point system instead of just the five! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyanemi | 6/27/2011

    " Fast moving thriller with an environmental expose. One thing that would be great would be a sense of humor, which Hall does not seem to represent in his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanine | 6/7/2011

    " Always fun to read a good suspenseful book... good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 4/6/2011

    " Action adventure. Starts out pretty slow but really picks up the pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyanemi | 7/2/2010

    " Fast moving thriller with an environmental expose. One thing that would be great would be a sense of humor, which Hall does not seem to represent in his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/17/2010

    " Another gripping Thorn suspense.
    Hall is on my must read author's list.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 1/15/2010

    " Thorn is a Florida outdoorsman who does rough stuff on the side, but you root for him to come out on top. He's in the mold of Travis McGee, but Mr. Hall's prose is richer than JDM's. Enjoyable tale of a fishing vessel marooned in the Everglades with a maniacal lady killer stalking it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 9/17/2009

    " About a 3.5. We need a 10 point system instead of just the five! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 9/11/2009

    " Entertaining as usual with Thorn always having the right view point and getting the job done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Pat | 5/27/2009

    " James W. Hall come through again with a real page-turner. Thorn finds family (good news, bad news) and love again. Perfect for vacation! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicky | 3/16/2009

    " Wasn't one of my favorite "Thorn" novels. "

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About the Author
Author James W. Hall

James W. Hall is an American author and professor of literature and writing at Florida International University.  He is the author of four books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and over a dozen novels. His Hit Lit examines twelve of the most commercially successful novels of the last century, and discusses a dozen common features they share.

About the Narrator

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.