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Tropical Freeze Paperback – August 17, 1999

4.0 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 2 of 14 in the Thorn Series

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Fisherman Thorn, first seen in the well-received Under Cover of Daylight , is getting his life together slowly, rebuilding his house in the Florida Keys and supporting himself by making fishing lures. When his boyhood friend, ex-FBI agent Gaeton Richards, disappears, his sister Darcy enlists Thorn in a campaign to nail Gaeton's boss, Benny Cousins, the not-quite-respectable head of a multinational rent-a-cop business who is determined to become a force in local "conch" affairs. But little is what it seems: Thorn and Darcy find themselves up against not only Benny but also violent, Florida cracker Ozzie, who lusts for Darcy and works for Papa John, local "character" and scam-master--and Benny's nasty racket may be protected by the Feds. Fast, cinematic scene-shifting, garish gallows humor (Tropical Freeze is the name on Papa John's ice cream truck--with a corpse in its freezer) and a violent, roller-coaster plot lead to a bleak, cynical ending. The main flavor is rue: the people in the Keys who came "to the outer fringes of America to nourish their rugged individualism" are losing it to modern civilization. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; Mysterious Book Club selection.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A terrific read with a gritty and tangible sense of place, a hero who's a cross between Davy Crockett and Philip Marlowe, and a lyrical, almost poetic touch in scenes both sexual and violent. -- Orlando Sentinel

Explosive . . . suspenseful . . . action galore. -- Worcester Telegram & Gazette

James Hall's writing is astringent, penetrating, and unfailingly gripping. -- Dean Koontz

James W. Hall's lyrical passion for the Florida keys, his spare language and unusual images haunt us long after the story has faded. -- New York Times Book Review

Menacing . . . brilliantly written!" -- USA Today

Provocative and suspenseful . . . a worthy and brilliant successor to Under Cover of Daylight. -- Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (August 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393318958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393318951
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is Hall's second novel, Thorn's second outing. It is rich with minor characters and full of the elegant writing that marks all of his work. The book is about a scheme to smuggle into the US some very bad guys from other countries. Thorn stumbles onto it after losing one of his childhood friends who was an FBI agent working on the case.
There are some really funny scenes and some beautiful snapshots of Key Largo. He brings that place alive brilliantly. It's almost as good as Under Cover of Daylight and right up there with some of the later Thorn novels, Mean High Tide and Red Sky at Night (my favorite).
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In this, James Hall's second novel featuring Thorn, the author expands on the one of the odder heroes of the Florida Keys. Thorn enjoys being the odd man out, anti-authority, anti-employment and a bit to out spoken for his own good. Mix this with an instinctive desire to right wrongs when they present themselves to him and you have a natural formula for trouble and good reading.
This time Thorn's friend, FBI agent Gaeton Richards involves him in a very strange car deal (where the buyer tries to feed the salesman to the alligators) and then offers Thorn a job as fishing guide for Benny Cousins, a local political up and comer. Thorn declines (later he has to drop Benny in a hot tub to make his point). Benny may sound good, but he acts bad, and he is up to something more than a little fishy. Unfortunately, Gaeton, who was working undercover in the Cousins organization is exposed and suddenly disappears.
Thorn is drawn into a relationship with Darcy Richards, Gaeton's sister and the local weatherwoman. The quest to find Gaeton ends grimly and Darcy and Thorn set about bringing the guilty to justice. What neither realizes is that Ozzie Hardison, a somewhat mentally deficient Florida Cracker (self-described), who has a compulsive yen for Darcy, is convinced that, if he only could kill everyone she liked, she would surely fall for him. Ozzie is a loser for sure, but he adds some deadly complications. Between Benny and Ozzie bad things are bound to happen.
James Hall has a knack for pure storytelling. He paints with firm well-made strokes that make each character and every scene stand out from all the others. He uses a strong sense of humor to contrast perfectly with the grim and ugly parts. This type of story, the modern day heroic tale, is a challenge to write well.
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This was my second Thorn Series book and I enjoyed it as much as the first...am on my 4th now. Hall is a very good writer with interesting plots and subplots sprinkled through. Thorn himself is sort of super-human beach bum.
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If you've read any of the Thorn mysteries written after this one (which is second in the series), you realize this was just getting Thorn and his life lifted off the ground. It's OK, but rather like a bridge between the start and what is to come. Not horrible, but it didn't surprise....like the author no matter what.
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Jim Hall writes great mystery adventures featuring his alter ego, a denizen of the Florida Keys named Thorn. This one will keep you turning pages ... uh, I mean flipping pages on your Kindle. A great escapist read.
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There aren't many characters to root for in this story, especially the anti-social, anti-authority hero Thorn. Too typically, the characters for whom Thorn has a soft spot are murdered and his latest girlfriend is the sister of a childhood chum (she also nurses a grudge). However, to lift this novel from a lower rating, there is a clever underground railroad service that the bad guys offer to undesirables who want to disappear from their enemies. The title deserves some credit too for the double entendre applied to both a winter cold spell and the utilization of an ice cream truck
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The book had a decent beginning but the author made the plot very odd with a body in an ice cream truck, then dressed in a pirate outfit. One of the bad guys being let go by a man eager for revenge..It felt like it lost its way.
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By Gingerbean on April 25, 2012
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I made it halfway through the book, to the point where the female character becomes more prominent, and stopped reading because I could no longer suspend disbelief. The writing of females seems to be a challenge for this author.
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