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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (196 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James W. Hall Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Thorn Mysteries Series Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781400174065
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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 mysteriously reappears, the photo is burned in an act of arson that sets off a modern-day killing spree reaching from the quiet neighborhoods of Miami to the back corridors of the White House. What the killer did not know is that a copy of the photograph still remains. When it falls into Thorn's hands, he and everyone close to him—including his beloved Alexandra—become the targets of madmen and trained hitmen, each of whom has a powerful motive to see the photograph destroyed…and each of whom will go to murderous lengths to make it disappear forever. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hall continues to explore the ever-intriguing psychodynamics of his unconventional hero, but he also adds a new dimension to the series with the fascinating look at Miami in the 1960s…Another outstanding chapter in one of the genre’s most consistently first-rate series.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Another outstanding chapter in one of the genre's most consistently first-rate series. Booklist Starred Review
  • “Entertaining…Hall offers lively characters, livelier dialogue and an excellent depiction of contemporary south Florida.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doctor Sax | 11/15/2013

    " Superb novel using real life cuban-exile situations woven into a real page turner...highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/10/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. Solid story. Nicely solved mystery. Engaging character. I'd like to read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/20/2013

    " James W. Hall is another of those authors I enjoy just for pure escapism fun. Good plots and interesting characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scout | 2/19/2013

    " 3.5 stars Interesting read flavored with nostalgic references to '60s Miami. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 11/10/2012

    " Quick fun read that takes place in the Keys and Miami, with the always enjoyable badass Thorne. This story apparantly is based on some true events, however Thorne is pretty over the top where truth is concerned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/16/2012

    " Different from most of Hall's work. Based on a true story. Definitely a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 6/20/2012

    " I really liked some of the character's in this book. There were also a few surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/28/2012

    " Almost forgot why I read this guy's books; now I remember. Enjoyable mystery thriller set in Miami and the Keys with the usual protagonist, Thorn, trying to figure out why everybody is so interested in a picture from the 1964 Clay-Liston bout in Miami. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 11/10/2011

    " This is the first book I've read from this author. It was pleasantly different, with interesting outlooks on the Cuban population in South Florida. The plot has a couple nice twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 10/22/2011

    " Truly suspenseful--short and devastating, for the characters involved and the "true bits." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyanemi | 9/24/2011

    " Pretty good. I could definitely do without the romance crap. It is just such a waste of time when murder, intrigue and large scale conspiracies are at work. There were a few pages wasted with that stuff, otherwise quite interesting and supposedly based on some real events. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Max Selfmade | 4/17/2011

    " not. much action or senspense "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/17/2011

    " This is the first book I've read from this author. It was pleasantly different, with interesting outlooks on the Cuban population in South Florida. The plot has a couple nice twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyanemi | 3/25/2010

    " Pretty good. I could definitely do without the romance crap. It is just such a waste of time when murder, intrigue and large scale conspiracies are at work. There were a few pages wasted with that stuff, otherwise quite interesting and supposedly based on some real events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/8/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. Solid story. Nicely solved mystery. Engaging character. I'd like to read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/8/2009

    " Truly suspenseful--short and devastating, for the characters involved and the "true bits." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/5/2008

    " Different from most of Hall's work. Based on a true story. Definitely a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/26/2008

    " James W. Hall is another of those authors I enjoy just for pure escapism fun. Good plots and interesting characters "

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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

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji.