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Amagansett
Amagansett
Author: Mark Mills
When a first-generation Basque fisherman pulls in the body of a beautiful young woman, lives in his close-knit Long Island community are irrevocably changed. — As sweeping and haunting as the landscape of sky and sea that is its backdrop, Amagansett skillfully weaves together a delicate love story, a brutal murder mystery, an unforgettable...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425205808
ISBN-10: 0425205800
Publication Date: 5/3/2005
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 69 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
Historical mystery set in coastal NY after WWII. This book was a slow starter; I nearly gave up after 40 or 50 pages, but I'm glad I didn't because at some point I found myself totally sucked in and the book got very difficult to put down. Story of a young socialite found drowned off the coast of Long Island, hauled in by two fishermen when her body became tangled in their nets. The medical examiner lists it as an accidental drowning, but Deputy Hollis has a feeling that she didn't die of natural causes although there are no overt signs of foul play. He's ordered to leave the case alone but investigates on his own. Told from the perspective of Hollis as well as Conrad Labarde, one of the fishermen who found the body. Lots of flashbacking and backstory explanations which did get a little tedious and distracting over time but on the other hand, also helped to really flesh out the main characters.
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Helpful Score: 7
A very character driven and slowed paced mystery set in post WWII Long Island.

I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was slow, the characterization rich and the mystery quite involving. It's was also set in Long Island, where I live, in one of my favorite areas of the island - so I 'knew' many of the places mentioned in the book.

When Conrad Labarde is out fishing one morning he finds the body of Lily Wallace - the daughter of one of the wealthier 'summer people'. The local police officer, Tom Hollis, a recent NYC transplant is willing to accept the coroner's cause of death as suicide by drowning, until Conrad begins to point out some conflicting evidence. Conrad then mentions one name to Hollis, Lizzie Jenks, a young victim of a hit and run two years earlier. What does Lillian have to do with Lizzie and more to the point what does Conrad know about it?

Very complex, beautifully written and well researched this is a book to savor. The portrait of the Long Island fisherman, once the main livelihood of the east coast, now virtually extinct, is fascinating in and of itself. Not for lovers of slash and burn thrillers, this is a more literary take on a murder mystery.
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Helpful Score: 3
Story was a bit slow but excellent imagery. Overall, an ok quick read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Absorbing mystery novel, well written, a bit more here than the traditional mystery.
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Helpful Score: 1
Set in post-WWII Long Island. A young lady is caught in a fisherman's net. Two men - the fisherman and a local policeman are on the trail to discover why and who. My wife and I both read this and enjoyed it immensely.
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Amazing new author. I can't wait till his next book.
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Loved it. need more. was disppointed when it ended.
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I didn't get past the first chapter. Too slow for me.

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