A chance encounter with an old flame sets reluctant investigator Thorn on a collision course with some of Florida's most ruthless killers in a heart-stopping story of modern-day piracy from the acclaimed author of Blackwater Sound, hailed by Dennis Lehane as 'the king of Florida noir'. Anne Joy first fled to the Sunshine State to escape a violent past. Now, years later, she slips back into bad company when she gets entangled with Daniel Salbone, a rising figure in the local mob whose men have been terrorising shipping lanes. When Thorn's old connection with Anne comes to light, he is desperate not to be dragged into dangerous waters. But the kidnapping of his best friend's daughter forces him to embark on a hunt that will take him from the deceptive lushness of the Florida Keys to a nightmare climax in one of the most remote and blood-chilling spots in the Caribbean.
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From the lushness of the Florida Keys to a nightmare climax on the tropical coast of Central America, Off the Chart is vintage James W. Hall. Passion and intrigue heat up the Florida Keys as Thorn and Alexandra Collins-returning from the highly acclaimed Blackwater Sound -face down a brutal killer who has kidnapped the daughter of Thorn's best friend.
Off the Chart
Before Thorn fell in love with crime-scene photographer Alexandra Rafferty, he was involved with Anne Joy, a beautiful woman who abandoned a violent life to forge a new, happier one in the Florida Keys. But her past includes her sadistic brother Vic, now a wealthy rogue businessman who specializes in the hijacking of pleasure boats and who delights in cruelly murdering their owners. Vic is obsessed by his sister and will do whatever it takes to drive his sister's lovers away-even murder. When Vic decides that he must possess the land on which Thorn's beloved home is built, nothing will stand in his way-not even the life of a little girl, the daughter of Thorn's closest friend.
"The master of suspense...James Hall's prose runs as clean and fast as Gulf Stream waters." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Hall raises mystery writing to its rightful place of honor alongside the best of American fiction." -- San Francisco Chronicle
James Hall was born in Kentucky. He teaches in the Creative Writing Programme at Florida International University in Miami. 'James Hall is the master of suspense, his writing runs as clear and fast as the Gulf Stream waters.' New York Times Book Review
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