Master of suspense James W. Hallís Hellís 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.
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 doesnít necessarily want.
Thorn is leading a
fishing expedition into the isolated lakes and mangrove swamps of
Hellís Bay when Abigailís son and beautiful granddaughter arrive,
claiming Thorn as a long-lost relative and asking him to solve the
womanís 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
As Marilyn Stasio said in The New York Times,
ďIf violence can be poetic, Hall has the lyric voice for it.Ē In this
tour de force of fear and suspense, Hall shows how one familyís dark
past comes back to haunt its most remote member---and may ultimately
cost him his life.
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