While marlin fishing, the Braswell's oldest boy was pulled overboard by the fish. The family has many secrets and affiliations but their obsession with tracking that particular marlin has destroyed them. This was my first James W. Hall book but certainly not my last. This was wonderfully suspenseful and wacky.
This is one of Hall's best.
Incredible plot, storyline. I couldn't put it down. I am hesitant to let it go but know I can always borrow it back in a year or two to re-read.
James Lee Burke - No one has written more lyrically of the Gulf Sream since Ernest Hemingway. JH's lovely descriptions of the Florida Keys & Grand Bahama, his detailed knowledge of the sea & the hunt for giant blue marlin, his creation of fascinating characters & his obvious love of the natural world make this book a wonderful reading experience.
BLACKWATER SOUND by James W. Hall: In the prologue, young Andy Braswell is killed in a tragic confrontation with a blue marlin. Now ten years later bone-fishing iconoclast Thorn is involved in a rescue operation after a passenger plane crash that leads him into the lunatic world of the Braswell family. The surviving Braswell children - psychopathic Johnny and dangerously beautiful Morgan - make an impressively deadly combination and their plans to market a terrifying device promises a reign of terror of awesome proportions. Overriding that story is an even greater one of the magnificent blue marlin, which the Braswells have hunted for a decade like Ahab after Moby Dick. Its a great sea story and possibly one of Halls best.
Typical James Hall; very readable and draws you quickly into the story. Starts off with a bang as a jet crashes into the water where the protagonist is boating. Pretty entertaining but gets a little goofy in spots like Hall's maybe chanelling a slightly intoxicated Carl Hiaasen. I dunno. This is the first book I've posted and by definition the first review I've written. I guess that's it...
The Braswell family had everything people would kill for: money, looks, power. But their eldest son, the family's shining light, died in a bizarre fishing accident. And when he disappeared-hauled into the depths by the giant marlin he had been fighting-he took with him a secret so corrupt that it could destroy the Braswells.
This is a terrific suspenseful novel. Read by Dick Hill whose voice adds so much to the story.
UAB, cass, 10 hrs.
A powerful Florida family, its high-tech fortune dwindling, is haunted by an elusive, enormous blue marlin that claimed the life of its eldest son, who was meant to restore the family's prominence. But the Braswells are tormented by even darker secrets, such as incest and treason, that drive this dark, atmospheric thriller to an explosive conclusion, which might have been pulled straight from recent headlines. James Hall pits Thorn, his series protagonist, against the Braswells and their deadly plans. Although an existentially morose antihero is a convention of the mystery genre, Hall manages to transcend it with a fascinating plot and a powerful narrative, resulting in a suspenseful and resonant novel that shows off his well-developed talents for character development, place, and pacing. The author of 11 previous mysteries (including Mean High Tide and Rough Draft), Hall gets better with every book, and this one continues the trend. --Jane Adams for amazon.com
Dick Hill reads this abridged audio version, and does an excellent job. The abridgement leaves a suspenseful story that still hangs together well. A marvelous way to spend about 6 listening hours.
it comes out of nowwhere-an airliner silently dripping from the sky into the torpid shallows of florids's blackwater sound.Thorn witnesses the crash and pulls the survivors to safety,soon finding himself thrust into the media soptlight as a reluctant hero-and consumed by an elaborate conspiracy born out of the psychotic fantasied of a prminent florida family.but their link to the doomed Rio-bound flight only touches the surface of a private world of murder,power and revenge.