Picks and Pans Review: Red Sky at Night
by James W. Hall
Beach Book of the Week
ELEVEN DOLPHINS HAVE BEEN MASSACRED at a Key Largo research center. They have been shot, decapitated and most of them have been disemboweled. Fans of Hall's seven previous novels know that the only person who could possibly make sense of this seemingly senseless act of violence is Thorn, South Florida's mono-monikered, fly-tying defender of all that is right and virtuous. Thorn has barely begun his investigation before he is viciously attacked and paralyzed from the waist down. Thus begins a battle of wits with the vindictive villain, a frightening Dr. Feelbad, as Thorn struggles to regain the use of his lifeless legs.
It is a nervy notion to confine an action hero to a wheelchair for the bulk of the action, but Hall pulls it off with panache in this first-rate thriller. After crossing wires in his last effort, Buzz Cut, Hall is at his electrifying best here. You know the old saw: Red Sky at Night, readers' delight. (Delacorte, $23.95)
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