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Dead Last (Thorn Mysteries) Hardcover – November 22, 2011
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“Dead Last is a mystery with multiple layers, with Thorn pursuing a ruthless and clever killer as well as diving into his own past — two paths that will have a shocking convergence.” —St. Petersburg Times
“Thorn, that Key Largo loner whose renegade style always gets results, has written another page-turner, this time with a surprising twist. [...]Which, if any, of these leading suspects, is the right one? As if that weren't enough of a puzzle, Thorn gets the surprise of his life in the course of the investigation.” —Valerie Ryan, Shelf Awareness
"Hall combines crisp prose, solid psychology, sardonic humor, and glimpses of an edgy, fast-changing Florida into a suspenseful and satisfying whole." --Publishers Weekly on Dead Last
About the Author
JAMES W. HALL is an Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. He divides his time between South Florida and North Carolina.
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"Dead Last" brought Thorn back with a vengeance (literally!). The writing is tight, the twists and turns almost unbearable, and the action wonderfully fast paced. The character development - and make no mistake, there are MANY characters to follow - is vintage Hall and the challenges they face and the outcomes of those challenges, while not always what the reader may want to see, make for suspenseful reading.
Highly recommend. It wouldn't hurt to have a rum and coke nearby to complete the mood...
Thorn has continued to develop and in this book, he's at his tormented, driven best. Thorn tries to do what's right and Hall did right by his main man by giving him some serious challenges in this book. I'm not sure I've ever identified as much with Thorn as I did in "Dead Last." And I wish I could tell you why.
I'm not a book reviewer but I'm a serious reader and if you don't find this book compelling you need to find another genre.
Hall is still, after all these years, at the absolute top of his game.
If there is any downside, it is that Hall makes us wait too long between novels.
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