Master of suspense James W. Hallâ€™s Hellâ€™s 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.
Descended 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 doesnâ€™t necessarily want.
Thorn is leading a fishing expedition into the isolated lakes and mangrove swamps of Hellâ€™s Bay when Abigailâ€™s son and beautiful granddaughter arrive, claiming Thorn as a long-lost relative and asking him to solve the womanâ€™s 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 the cost?
As Marilyn Stasio said in The New York Times, â€œIf violence can be poetic, Hall has the lyric voice for it.â€ In this tour de force of fear and suspense, Hall shows how one familyâ€™s dark past comes back to haunt its most remote member---and may ultimately cost him his life.
Condition: Very Good
Goodreads Rating: 3.99/5