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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (April 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393327965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393327960
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

And the Sea Will Tell spins a riveting story--a story that could have been the backbone for a classic novel by Herman Melville or Joseph Conrad. Two couples--one wealthy and married, the other an ex-con and his hippie girlfriend-- separately set sail for a remote South Pacific island, each hoping to play "Adam and Eve" in paradise. Instead of getting away from it all, they take it with them-- their pasts and prejudices, and the petty battles over status and material goods that arise from their different social classes. Only two people out of the original four live through the experience. One of them has the extraordinary good luck to be defended in court by master attorney Vincent Bugliosi (author of Helter Skelter). As the Los Angeles Times writes, "The book succeeds on all counts. The final pages are some of the most suspenseful in trial literature." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In 1974, wealthy Californians Mac and Muff Graham sailed to Palmyra Island, 1000 miles south of Hawaii, in their boat the Sea Wind . Buck Walker and Jennifer Jenkins arrived soon after on the same atoll, fleeing drug charges in Hawaii. Several months later, Walker and Jenkins returned to Hawaii in the Sea Wind , claiming that the Grahams were presumed dead when the dinghy in which they had gone fishing was washed ashore unmanned. However, in 1980, vacationers on Palmyra found bones soon identified as those of Muff Graham, who was determined to have been shot. Walker and Jenkins were charged with murder: in separate San Francisco trials, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and she was acquitted. Writing with Henderson ( Empire of Deceit) , Bugliosi ( Helter Skelter ), who served as Jenkins's attorney, offers a case history which could have been a true-crime classic if not for the 250 tedious pages devoted to his client's 23-day trial. Photos not seen by PW. Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very well written.
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A very well researched book by Vincent Bugliosi who in this trial is not the prosecutor, but the defense attorney.
Patricia Ibarra
When I started reading it, I literally could not put this book down until I got to the end.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By James G. Greenhill on December 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's going on four years since I read "And The Sea Will Tell" & it's the haunting sense of Palmyra that's stayed with me--the setting is brilliantly evoked. I loved the deliberate slow pacing (appropriate to how things might have felt for the couples staying at Palmyra), rich detail & strong sense of the characters. It's amazing how rich a sense of people & place can be developed by completely immersing yourself in the facts of one case & that's why the best true crime works so well--because you CAN know so much, including details you wouldn't at first expect to know, such as what people likely were thinking, within reasonable doubt--& this is certainly among the very best true crime. If it weren't for another of Bugliosi's books ("Helter Skelter") this would be on my true crime top ten list. Bugliosi's books are ALL a must-read for criminal justice enthusiasts, each outstanding in its own way, despite his ego. This one is everything other positive reviews have said and also a case study in how to convey an excellent sense of place in writing.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John on March 7, 2005
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Part 1 is an account of a neat couple --good people-- who, at the husband's behest, sailed to an uninhabited tropical atoll to get away from it all and ended up getting murdered by a brainsick felon on the lam.

Part 2 is the story of the subsequent criminal proceedings. Aware of Mr. Bugliosi's illustrious record as a prosecutor, I considered this part one big happy ending from the outset, looking forward to an account of his dramatic show and cogent case against the murderer. I was dismayed to learn that he was instead retained to defend the murderer's girlfriend in a separate trial. What makes it a great story is that the defense faced overwhelming obstacles and was at times on the brink of losing it all! By no means is this Mr. Bugliosi crowing about his stellar performance in some slam-dunk case. This is the story of a remarkably unconcerned and ungrateful Adult Child of an Alcoholic (who displayed classic symptoms of that syndrome) who went to slaughter with far better representation than she deserved, an embarrassing record of suspicious conduct around the time of the murders, and a blithe, lazy attitude toward trial preparation.

You can guess the outcome of the trial considering that this book was written, but it still has a tense ending regarding what the defense team went through during deliberation. How the jurors' dispositions compared to the lawyers' guesses is another thing to look forward to.

This is a nonfiction novel rather than one of Mr. Bugliosi's indignant harangues but as usual, I learned a lot about criminal process and jurisprudence. He also lets us in on small aspects of his personal life and I enjoyed this, too.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2000
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Although this book is based on one of Bugliosi's actual cases, it is far more riveting and spellbinding than any fiction thriller could ever be. (No doubt many writers of fiction wish they could come up with something this good--I know I do!) Bugliosi is a fine writer and does a wonderful job of characterization as well as weaving a haunting spell of mystery around the events portrayed. I did not agree with Bugliosi that Jennifer was not guilty, but that didn't take away from my overall fascination with the book. A sad book, but one with a haunting end that readers will find hard to forget.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on April 16, 2005
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This true crime story is actually divided into two "books" or chapters: The Crime and Justice. The first "book" describes the events leading up to a couple's murder on a secluded tropical island. Vincent Bugliosi describes in vivid detail the setting and characters. Photos of the people involved and maps of the island make this an even more riveting read. I was unable to put it down until I reached the second chapter: Justice. At this point, I was dying to know how the couple was murdered, what evidence was found, etc. But in this part of the book, the author describes the events leading up to the trial, his doubts about his clients innocence (even though he swears he just knew that she was innocent) and all of the wrangling he had to do with the judge and DA. Details of the murders are revealed just a tidbit at a time as they come out in trial. At this point I quickly began to lose interest. If you enjoy learning about the prep work that a lawyer must do before trial, and enjoy understanding the thought process during the trial, then this would interest you. I found myself skimming the pages to find what had been discovered about the murders.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2003
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I enjoyed this book overall. The first half sets up the murder mystery, while the second is devoted to Mr. Bugliosi's defense of his client. Both halves were engrossing, although I found, as other readers did, Mr. Bugliosi's ego comes through loud and clear and made for offputting reading at times in his description of the trials.
Still, his summation makes for a fascinating study in how great defense attorneys work (I thought he was especially clever in insinuating that those who took issues with Jennifer's behavior were "strict Puritans," thus indirectly shaming those jurors who might think ill of her). I can see how they were swayed by his arguments and appreciate the care he took to make them (and explain them in the book).
This book also shows, as in the Simpson case, the difficulties state prosecutors face in squaring off against high-profile defense attorneys. I couldn't help but get the impression that many jurors were taken with Bugliosi's persona and celebrity status thanks to the Manson case. I also wonder why the prosecutors didn't exploit his contradictory argument that Jennifer acted independently of Buck while on the island, yet "her reality became his reality" when she was lying to cover up the theft when they were back in Hawaii. You can't have it both ways, which is why I still believe she bears guilt for this crime.
All in all, it was a great read, not quite as gripping as Helter Skelter, but nearly so. I highly recommend this book and hope someday another author will take a look at this fascinating case.
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