The only thing I really knew about S. E. Hinton before I picked up this title was that she had written a classic book for young adults, THE OUTSIDERS.
HAWKES HARBOR is definitely not what I would consider a book for young adults.
A rough and ready young man with few friends knocks around the world. He gets by on either side of the law, not really caring which side his next job falls on. Then a combination of bad decisions and bad luck lands him in a situation so terrifying that his mind retreats from reality, and he isn't sure he wants to make his way back.
The writing is spare and clear---the actions make you want to check the locks on your doors and windows.
Do not read this book when you are alone at night...
From dust cover: An orphan and a bastard, Jamie Sommers grew up knowing he had no hope of heaven. Conceived in adultery and born in sin, Jamie was destined to repeat the sins of his parents -or so the nuns told him. And he proved them right. Taking to sea, Jamie sought out danger and adventure in exotic ports all over the world as a smuggler, gunrunner-and murderer. Tough enough to handle anything, he's survived foreign prisons, pirates, and a shark attack. But in a quiet seaside town in Delaware, Jamie discovered something that was enough to drive him insane-and change his life forever.
Written more for teens this book held my interest. I liked the main character even though he was a bit of a rapscallion. Weird twist on the vampire story.
I didn't like it really at all. It's strange and quite boring.
This book was not what I expected at all, but it was a great story.
Tor Books 2004 - "First Edtion" paper back. ---- I found myself confused at times where she was going with the story. But it all worked out in the end. S.E. Hinton has not lost her beautiful way with words and the bringing out of emotions.