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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Matthiessen Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Watson Trilogy Release Date:
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Critically-acclaimed novelist and naturalist Peter Matthiessen deftly weaves together the fortunes and tragedies of Florida Everglades folk in this foreboding thriller. Haunted by the legacy of his father’s violent reputation and brutal death, historian Lucius Watson seeks to understand the man behind the legend. In 1910, an enraged mob of neighbors gunned down murder suspect E. J. Watson—each claiming it was self-defense. Over four decades later, his son Lucius returns to Lost Man’s River to discover the truth behind that horrible day. Was his father really a cold-blooded murderer, feared by all? Or was he a man of progress and vision, killed by those who envied him? Alternately threatened and shunned, Lucius relentlessly digs for answers, even while he fears the truth.


In this dazzling sequel to Killing Mr. Watson, Peter Matthiessen presents the story of a family riddled with scandal through colorful recollections of renegades and their descendants. Veteran narrator George Guidall brings the rich oral history dramatically to life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A project of enormous ambition, laying out the interconnected lives of at least two dozen families whose fortunes and misfortunes betoken the history of the entire state, especially as those lives impinge on that of the pioneer entrepreneur, probable murderer—and certainly murdered—Edgar J. Watson.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Through a miasma of shadows and dopplegangers, slippery nomenclature, rumor and fact, a grand, tragic history of the Watson Clan coalesces, against an indelible vision of Florida's sublime and imperiled Gulf Coast.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This work depends on oral histories, and its numerous reminiscences create a rich story…[A]  labor of love from the famed wilderness writer.”

    Library Journal

  • “Interweaving a lament for the lost wilderness, a shrewd, persuasive study of character, and a powerful meditation on the sources of American violence, Matthiessen has produced one of the best novels of recent years.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charles | 10/25/2013

    " I don't typically find Matthiessen's fiction as compelling as his nonfiction. It's still an interesting story, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John North | 6/7/2013

    " Read my review on Amazon. It's tasty, if I do say so myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane Anne | 3/27/2013

    " ONE OF MY BEST-LOVED BOOKS OF ALL TIME. The wild and wooly days of SW Florida -- with race-mixing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sherry | 1/17/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book - but maybe I must give Peter Matthiessen another shot, if/when I can find a copy of The Snow Leopard (the book that was recommended by the person who said Matthiessen was wonderful). "

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