Like any big-city paramedic, Shaw Chandler had probably seen a thousand suicides. But he knows a murder when he sees one--and this time it's his own father. Suddenly he's got a metal canister marked "U.S. Navy" in his hands, as he's dragged back to the crazed coral shores of his birthplace, sunny Key West, to explain it.
There, two people from Chandler's past--an impassioned doctor harboring his own long-buried secrets and his seductive actress-daughter, Trula--hold the key to a bizarre environmental scam turned deadly. And as the snares of a suspicious trap of "suicides" close about him, Chandler confronts a deranged killer with a negative IQ, a knack for rhyme, and a genius for killing... and the psychotic mastermind behind the southernmost monopoly on death...
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"Hall's ability to describe mayhem, mutilation, and madness with graphic clarity places him among the best of the contemporary observers of the world gone mad" -- Chicago Tribune.
"Brilliantly suspenseful...Hall raises mystery writing to its rightful place of honor alongside the best of American fiction." -- San Francisco Chronicle.From the Back Cover:
Critically acclaimed author James W. Hall has enthralled readers with his storytelling prowess that has "raised mystery writing to its rightful place of honor alongside the best of American fiction" (The New York Times). Now in his latest novel, he brings us his signature mix of South Florida's evocative setting, nail-biting action, and edge-of-the-seat suspense...
Bones Of Coral
Paramedic Shaw Chandler knows Miami's nitty-gritty all too well. But when a routine suicide call uncovers his long-lost father, it's anything but routine-and it appears it's anything but suicide. Then Shaw's mother falls victim to financial fraud, leaving Shaw with no choice but to return home to Key West-and into the arms of his old flame soap opera actress Trula Montoya. Trula's got her own skeletons and reasons for returning to Key West. Rekindling her relationship to Shaw can only complicate her life. But Trula and Shaw are about to learn that they can no longer run from their secrets or the past as they discover a lethal conspiracy and science run amok. And when a psychotic, rhyming killer is added to the mix, they must stop an evil that could spell doom to all.
"Hall keeps the tension high and the surprises coming."
--People (A People Page-turner of the Week)
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