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Billingsgate Shoal Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1985

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"Boyer is up there with the best." The Boston Globe
A Doc Adams Thriller, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel of the Year.
First, a fishing trawler runs aground on the Massachusetts shore. Then a young scuba diver sent to investigate the wreck is found dead in the water. Doc Adams, a friend of the dead diver, sets out through the stormy seas and blood-flecked sands of Cape Cod to plumb a murder he should have prevented. There he uncovers a hidden treasure in illegal arms and is nearly killed in the process. Doc lets the world think he's dead, the better to hunt for the killers of his friend. But if he makes a single mistake, he'll be clam chowder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Doc Adams becomes a self-styled investigator in this mystery, which leads him from a murder on Billingsgate Shoal to an arms-smuggling ring. Christopher Lane's unceremonious voice duplicates the persona of Dr. Adams's cool, calculated personality as he stumbles upon the pieces of this puzzling tale. Lane collects the additional characters we meet, wife Mary and sons, missing people rediscovered, and possible suspects, giving each voice a refined contrast. His storytelling supports the listener throughout this fast-moving novel. B.J.L. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books (August 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446327395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446327398
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,586,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By clifford on March 30, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This novel reads like it would play on the telivision along side Magnum PI. Its fun, quick and light enough to pass the Wonder Bread test. The protagonist does have a human side, but he is not weak at all and it builds a wall between the readers empathy and the novel.

If I were you, I would pass this up. It is very dated. It might have been cutting edge at one time, but it probably wouldnt even catch the time of day for the Edgar Awards these days.
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This is a very solid read. I'm a little surprised it won an Edgar but it was almost 20 years ago. Standards may have changed.
What stands out about this mystery is the nautical/Cape Cod element. Boats and ships and ship building are the core of this novel. I found this interesting. The plot is a little far fetched, but I'm not a bored guy trying to get through a mid-life crisis by poking my nose into a murder. My middle aged husband has gotten quite a kick out of this book - so maybe it's a guy thing.
Bottom line: a good read - easy to imagine the reader on the beach with this story. I'll check out at least one other Boyer book.
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27 years ago the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) anointed Rick Boyer's thinking man's thriller BILLINGSGATE SHOAL with its Edgar Allan Poe Award -- or simply "Edgar." That is, a jury of Boyer's mystery writing peers judged BILLINGSGATE SHOAL the best (among hundreds submitted) mystery novel published in 1982.

Rick Boyer, now my new neighbor in Black Mountain, North Carolina, invited me and three other men for a gourmet lunch last week. Though the four of us old-timers already knew one another, not one of us had so much as heard of Rick Boyer or any of his books, though one of us is a retired professor of American literature. Still, Rick was a most gracious host and we slowly (on the spot and later by googling and visits) came to know and enjoy a genial, companionable, creative new neighbor. Two of us four are currently reading and reviewing some of Rick's published books, while dropping in for chats with the author from time to time.

I paid $1.00 (via nearby Asheville's [...]) plus S&H for Mr Boyer's 1982 BILLINGSGATE SHOAL. The print is 1985 by Warner Books, Inc. Its text is 280 pages, 30 chapters. The front cover shows a scuba diver lying supine and inert underwater with his breathing hose detached. The cover also flags the novel as an Edgar Award winner. To my considerable annoyance, however, the book contains nary a map.

Almost all the action takes place in or near Boston. A minimally useful map need do no more than include the state capital, also Concord (where hero Doctor "Doc" Charles Adams lives), Gloucester and Rockport to the NE of Boston, and in addition a small sweep of the the Atlantic around Cape Cod (where Doc has a summer cottage facing west across Cape Cod Bay from North Eastham).
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How this book won any type of award is beyond me. The main character's wield of power over local law enforcement authorities is about as unrealistic as they come. I gave this book 164 pages to "grow up" but it let me down. Adios, Mr. Boyer.
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