Earl Hammond, the wealthy patriarch of a family of ranchers, lies dead, shot just as he was to donate his Coquina Ranch to the state to preserve it from developers. Spearheading the plan to save this environmental treasure was Thorn, a reluctant heir to a secret family fortune, who now finds himself in terrible danger as well. A pair of deviant brothers, both contract killers, kidnaps him and drags him to a game preserve, surrounded by herds of exotic and very dangerous animals. He is entrapped in a sinkholea geological dungeon from which there is no escape.
But Frisco Hammond, the dark sheep of the family, is drawn into the investigation of his fathers murder and Thorns disappearance. He suspects the crimes are related. Helping him is his brothers beautiful, troubled wife, Clare. They uncover a trail that leads back to the 1930s, to a cabal of powerful and rich men with a sinister plan.
"Starred Review. Hall steadily ratchets the suspense while seamlessly combining elements of Florida's natural history with elements of the state's early development and overdevelopment." - Publishers Weekly
"Less mystery, menace, sadism and comic-book kink than most of Thorn's adventures, but enough to keep the fans happy till next year." - Kirkus Reviews
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James W. Hall is the author of four books of poetry, a collection of short stories, a collection of essays and sixteen novels, including Under Cover of Daylight, Hard Aground, Gone Wild, Buzz Cut, Red Sky at Night, Rough Draft, Off the Chart, and Silencer. His books have been translated into a dozen languages, including Japanese, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Croatian, Dutch and Russian.
Several of the novels have been optioned for film and Hall has written screenplays for two of those projects. He was a Fulbright professor of literature in Spain and is a professor of literature and writing at Florida International University. He and his wife Evelyn and their three dogs divide their time between South Florida and the mountains of western North Carolina.
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