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The Big Finish

The Big Finish

A Thorn Novel

Thorn Mysteries (Volume 11)

James W. Hall

Minotaur Books

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Thorn is back-with a vengeance-in the latest white-knuckle thriller from "Master of suspense" (The New York Times Book Review) James W. Hall

It has been one year since Thorn Moss's son, Flynn, disappeared into the eco-underground, his only contact with Thorn a series of postcards chronicling his exploits. When a new postcard from Flynn arrives-with a plea for help-Thorn sets off for North Carolina to save him. But before Thorn gets there he's intercepted by a federal agent who tells him he's too late: Flynn had been acting as an informant for the FBI, and when his traitorous acts were discovered, he was summarily executed.

"Keeps the tension mounting."-Publishers Weekly

The agent proposes a scheme to catch Flynn's killer using Thorn as bait. Full of rage, Thorn agrees to the mission. Soon he's among a gang of eco-terrorists planning an attack on a hog-farming operation...only to realize that the trap the FBI's setting is not for Flynn's killer at all. It's for Flynn's partner, a woman who has her own dangerous agenda. Now, with her help, Thorn must unravel a deadly conspiracy that stretches far beyond this small Carolina town. And he will stop at nothing until justice is won...

"Clever and cinematic, The Big Finish explores, entertains, and educates."-Richmond Times-Dispatch

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

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IT WAS A BRISK, MOON-DAZZLED November night when Flynn Moss and several of his closest friends were gunned down.

For a week, they'd been camping in a forest of evergreens on the bank of the Neuse River in eastern North...

Praise for The Big Finish

“A tough-minded tale of love, violence and duplicity. . . . Thorn may remind you of John D. MacDonald's immortal Travis McGee -- Hall gladly admits his debt to the McGee books -- or perhaps Lee Child's Jack Reacher, because Thorn also lives off the grid, unburdened by credit cards or a driver's license. Old enough to harbor doubts and regrets, he clings to a code that keeps propelling him into harm's way. . . . [Hall's] vision takes in both the beauty and the horror of his chosen turf, the dangerous Southern landscape that McGee once trod. He's a strong and welcome voice.” —Washington Post

“Hall keeps the tension mounting as motives and alliances shift with the foul-scented wind. Even as violence looms, Hall's talent for description adds a balancing, poetical note.” —Publishers Weekly

“[Hall's inland] characters have one thing in common with their counterparts on the coast: a love of the land so fierce it breeds both righteous eco-warriors and plundering thieves, often in the same family.” —New York Times Book Review on Silencer

“Like all of Hall's work, his latest thriller boasts a page-turner of a plot, fully realized characters and lyrical prose. But the biggest lure of his fiction is his examination of moral issues, not only in black and white but also in numerous shades of gray. Clever and cinematic, The Big Finish explores, entertains and educates.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

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“A tough-minded tale of love, violence and duplicity. . . . Thorn may remind you of John D. MacDonald's immortal Travis McGee -- Hall gladly admits his debt to the McGee books -- or perhaps Lee Child's Jack Reacher, because Thorn also lives off the grid, unburdened by credit cards or a driver's license. Old enough to harbor doubts and regrets, he clings to a code that keeps propelling him into harm's way. . . . [Hall's] vision takes in both the beauty and the horror of his chosen turf, the dangerous Southern landscape that McGee once trod. He's a strong and welcome voice.” —Washington Post

“Hall keeps the tension mounting as motives and alliances shift with the foul-scented wind. Even as violence looms, Hall's talent for description adds a balancing, poetical note.” —Publishers Weekly

“[Hall's inland] characters have one thing in common with their counterparts on the coast: a love of the land so fierce it breeds both righteous eco-warriors and plundering thieves, often in the same family.” —New York Times Book Review on Silencer

“Like all of Hall's work, his latest thriller boasts a page-turner of a plot, fully realized characters and lyrical prose. But the biggest lure of his fiction is his examination of moral issues, not only in black and white but also in numerous shades of gray. Clever and cinematic, The Big Finish explores, entertains and educates.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

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James W. Hall

JAMES W. HALL is an Edgar and Shamus Award-winning "master of suspense" (The New York Times) whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. His novels include the Thorn Mysteries (which begin with Under Cover of Daylight and include Blackwater Sound, Hell's Bay, and The Big Finish) . He divides his time between South Florida and North Carolina.

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