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The Whaleboat House

New or Used: 3 copies from $7.95
New or Used: 3 copies from $7.95

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An enthralling crime novel set in post World War II Long Island. / Hard-hitting promotional campaign to cover major press and outdoor advertising sites. / Stunning new package will reach a broad audience of crime and thriller readers. / Priced competitively at GBP6.99 to secure maximum mass market appeal. / Competition: Henning Mankel, Dennis Lehane

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Mark Mills is a screenwriter. His film credits include The Reckoning, an adaptation of Barry's Unsworth's Morality Play, due for release in spring 2004. The Whaleboat House is his first novel.


It is 1947, and GI Conrad Labarde has returned to his working-class Long Island town. A first-generation Basque fisherman, he is all too familiar with the wide financial and cultural disparity between Amagansett's year-rounders and the tony Manhattanites who flock each summer to their mansions by the sea. But times are changing in postwar America, and when Labarde finds the body of a beautiful young woman tangled in his nets, the Hamptons set is rocked to its core. Why did this woman leave the country club, and what did she know about the hit-and-run death of a young girl on the night of a summer dance? The rich may be different, but are they above the law? For Deputy Chief of Police Tom Hollis, the mystery exposes his troubled past and opens a door to the future. For Labarde, it nearly costs him his life. Screenwriter Mills's debut novel is a taut, suspenseful drama filled with well-crafted characters and wonderful descriptions of Long Island. Its solid plot and tantalizing subject matter will win over many readers; highly recommended.-Susan Clifford Braun, Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The Whaleboat House: 'Crime fans know they're in the hands of a master of the art of murderous storytelling' Sunday Times 'A very rich book -- rich in detail and history and local color; rich in characters and conflict and mystery; and, most importantly, rich in wonderful writing' John Grisham 'Paced to perfection! a rich layering of character. Labarde in particular is a joy! a highly enjoyable murder investigation set against a backdrop of sumptuous local detail' The Times 'A striking and assured first thriller! worldly and impeccably researched' William Boyd 'This is an intriguing, atmospheric, literary crime novel. The uneasy juxtaposition of two communities is brilliantly evoked by Mark Mills' Daily Mail 'A remarkable first novel. Written with all the wit, lyrical language and slow character development one would search for in the literary department, the book is as rich in time frame and location as any you'd find in the best historical fiction. Mills' tale gently yet persistently pulls readers in' LA Times 'Atmospheric thriller! good, strong characters and an intricate plot give this impressively written novel its gritty edge' Woman and Home 'Beautifully written, character-driven book, with its exotic Long Island sound locale and lyrical descriptions! Mark Mills has written a first novel that reverberates in the mind with the force of a literary epiphany' Irish Times 'Subtle and stylish. Mills is clever, unravelling the story from several angles' Observer

A mysterious drowning rekindles a conflict between a Basque-American fisherman and a powerful Long Island family in screenwriter Mills's smart, complex debut novel, a fascinating murder mystery that begins in the post-WWII years when Conrad Labarde hauls up the body of Lillian Wallace in his net while earning his livelihood in the waters off the Hamptons. At first the drowning looks like a tragic accident, but when the autopsy report raises the possibility of murder and Labarde's history with the Wallaces is uncovered, police chief Tom Hollis suspects Labarde of playing a central role in Lillian's death. Further investigation, however, casts suspicion on the powerful Wallace family, specifically Lillian's former boyfriend, Justin Penrose, and her ambitious brother Manfred, the latter of whom may have been involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident. As Mills weaves together the various plot threads, he ably paints the Hamptons as a social battleground for the local fisherman, the Jewish residents and the wealthier sport fishermen. Mills saves his trump card for the climax, in which Labarde baits Manfred Wallace into a final confrontation while cleverly forcing Hollis to play a pivotal role in their face-off. Probing, morally nuanced and rich with period detail, this is a fine first novel. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Foreign rights sold in Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Adult/High School-In 1947, two fishermen find the body of a beautiful woman tangled in their net off Amagansett, Long Island. Both deny recognizing her, but Conrad Labarde is lying. The murder reveals the discord between the privileged who summer at beachfront houses and the men who live and work at the shore. Both Deputy Police Chief Tom Hollis and Conrad are determined to find the killer-Tom to salvage his reputation after a scandal drove him from the New York police force, and Conrad because he and Lillian had been having an affair. But since her family was one of the wealthiest of the "summer people," she could never marry him. Each man conducts his own investigation, but it is Conrad who links Lillian's death and the earlier death of a town girl by a hit-and-run driver. This is a gripping story, with characters powerfully drawn against a tapestry of time and place. Conrad is the most memorable: he becomes a manipulator of men and events but is left with his loss; his only love, the sea; and his work, fishing.-Molly Connally, Chantilly Regional Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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