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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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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 Kirkus Reviews:
A fiendishly clever saboteur goes up against the uninspired defenders of the Fiesta Cruise Lines in the seventh of Hall's increasingly overblown action fantasies. Butler Jack has a passion for etymology, an integral stun gun installed on his fingers, a consuming hatred of Fiesta mogul Morton Sampson, and a plan to bring Sampson to his knees via a demand for a $58 million ransom he wants to donate to charity. To feed his hundreds of foster kids the world over, Butler plans to override the autopilots of the Fiesta cruise ship Eclipse and Sampson's behemoth, pathetically vulnerable oil tanker Juggernaut. To carry out this James Bond plot, he needs the unwitting help of the hopeless love of his youth, Sampson's missing daughter Monica. Monica, who ran away from Daddy and his dirty millions three years ago to settle down as buzz-cut Florida maid Irma Slater, readily rises to Butler's bait even as Hall's hero Thorn, who comes across more and more like Travis McGee guest-lecturing in Philosophy 101, and his sidekick Sugarman are coming on board Eclipse to foil Butler. But wait! How can either grizzled Sugarman or disillusioned Monica stop Butler when they're actually his own brother and sister? These twisted relationships ought to be the heart of the book, but they fizzle, because Hall (Gone Wild, 1995, etc.), who pumps up his characters to near-mythic status when he first introduces them, tends to neglect them thereafter, and they shrivel like demigods with a slow leak. So you're left with smiling, venal Sampson determined to keep the lid on Butler's murderous sabotage to protect the p.r. for the cruise, a showcase for his TV star wife Lola, Butler's mom; Butler snaking through the ship zapping everybody who gets too close; and Thorn and Sugar spouting manly wisdom like ninjas on Oprah. Butler's a villain worthy of the grotesques in Dick Tracy, but the rest of the cast, including the hero, don't seem any more interested in the familiar plot than you're likely to be. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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