Butler Jack tracks down his childhood sweetheart, Monica, the daughter of Morton Sampson, president of Fiesta Cruise Lines. When Butler offers Monica the chance to avenge her mother and humiliate her father, she jumps at it, without realizing Butler's true motives.
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Thorn, a loner and gloomy sort of guy, is the hero of James W. Hall's thriller series. But in Buzz Cut, the real center of attention is Butler Jack, an erudite homicidal maniac with a brilliant and grandiose scheme. The plan is to hijack a $400 million cruise ship and hold its 2,000 passengers for ransom. Butler Jack has an obsession with etymology, and he is more than happy to lecture his hostages on the derivation of the word "hijack," which is descended from "Jack" which comes from the Middle English "Jakke," which meant "ordinary guy." Our Jack is an ordinary guy who just happens to have the mind of a genius and a passion for grisly killing.From the Publisher:
Critics have called James W. Hall's previous bestsellers "electrifying,""innovative,"and "brilliantly suspenseful." Now Hall brings us his most haunting and relentlessly gripping novel yet--a work that proves why the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed him as one of the nation's "finest and most literate of thriller writers."
A Florida cruise ship under siege provides the spellbinding backdrop for Hall's latest novel. On board, a mad terrorist is threatening to blow up the ship--and a large part of the Florida coastline as well. The madman, an unforgettable character with a high-tech stun gun and a strange fascination with word etymologies, illustrates why James Ellroy calls Hall's villains "so well drawn and amusing they make you giddy."
Also on board is Thorn, the enigmatic, hard-bitten hero last seen in Gone Wild, who, along with his friend, Sugerman, must stop the bomber before he redesigns the Southeastern United States. As the novel races toward its explosive conclusion, Hall sets the scene for a nerve-shattering showdown--between the brutal and cunning terrorist and Thorn, who reveals a deeper, darker, more unpredictable side to his personality in this electrifying new novel.
A thriller filled with the author's signatures--vise-tightening suspense, steamy sexuality, hypnotic prose, and off-beat humor--Buzz Cut exposes the dark underbelly and colorful chaos of James W. Hall's native Florida, as it lays bare the tremendous talents of an American master writing at the peak of his storytelling powers.
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Book Description Mandarin, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110749323728