The Big Finish: A Thorn Novel by James W. Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Big Finish is a wild ride through Florida and North Carolina with crazed killers—and some of them are the good guys.
Thorn is an ex-Special Forces man who spends his time hunting and fishing and living a simple life off the grid in Florida. He recently met and bonded with his adult son, Flynn Moss, who then joined an environmental group and has been branded an eco-terrorist. Flynn sends him postcards from protest sites. One day, a postcard arrives that says, “Help me.” It’s shortly followed by a visit from an FBI agent, and Thorn sets off for North Carolina, to an area where Flynn was last seen, an area hard hit by hog farming—and more nefarious doings. It’s an intricate, fast-moving plot whose twists and turns are worthy of both swamp and bayou.
The Big Finish is dark, violent, well-written—and not for the soft-hearted. There’s torture, twisted sex, cruelty—there’s honor, love, and beauty, too. If you like macho noir thrillers with lyrical prose, Hall is your man. The closest comparison I could give would be James Lee Burke—in atmosphere, and both cynicism and hope.
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