James W. Hall
James W. Hall is the author of nineteen novels. Thirteen of these feature a hardcore loner named Thorn, who makes a meager living tying bonefish flies. Thorn, and his private eye pal, Sugarman, have teamed up in a dozen books to thwart animal smugglers, cruise ship hijackers, rogue medical experimenters, and other assorted villains. Hall’s non-fiction work includes Hot Damn!, a collection of personal essays he wrote for the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel’s Sunshine magazine, as well as some he wrote for the Washington Post and the Miami Herald. His most recent non-fiction effort is Hit Lit, which is an analysis of twelve of the most commercially successful novels of the last century. Hall began his writing career as a poet, and has published four collections of poetry. He is also the author of two collections of short stories. Paper Products, and Over Exposure, an ebook that contains his Edgar Award winning short story, “The Catch.” Hall taught in the Creative Writing Department at Florida International University for more than 29 years, where he delighted students with his somewhat accurate orangutan calls. His latest book is The Big Finish: A Thorn Novel (Minotaur Books; $25.99) A year ago Thorn’s son, Flynn Moss, disappeared into the eco-underground, his only contact with Thorn a series of postcards chronicling his exploits. But a postcard arrives unlike the others, a call for help, Thorn jumps into action, setting off for North Carolina. But before Thorn arrives, he’s intercepted by a federal agent who informs him he’s too late—Flynn had been acting as an informant for the FBI, and when his traitorous acts were discovered, he was summarily executed. The agent proposes a scheme to catch Flynn’s killer using Thorn as bait. Little by little, Thorn discovers that nothing he’s been told is true, and the trap they’re setting isn’t for Flynn’s killer, but for his partner, a woman who proves more daring and dangerous than any Thorn’s ever met. She’s on her own crusade of vengeance, and she and Thorn make an uneasy alliance. With her help Thorn uncovers a conspiracy that stretches far beyond this small Carolina town.
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