Created by James W. Hall

THORN isn’t really a P.I…. except when he wants to be. And on his own damn terms. Understand???

In other words, he does occasionally take money to “look into” things, but he’s more of an “avenger,” dark and brooding division. He makes his home in Key Largo, Florida, living off a meager income generated by the sale of hand-tied fishing lures, and the fish he catches in the coastal shallows, and trying to come to peaceful terms with his violent past. Fortunately for readers, he doesn’t always succeed.

It turns out that Thorn’s parents were killed by a drunk driver when he was a baby. As a teenager, Thorn found and murdered that drunk driver. Hey, that’s just the way he rolls…

Imagine a darker, more cynical, almost noirish Carl Hiaasen, armed with a sword instead of a pen, a tougher, meaner Travis McGee or Jack Reacher with roots.

Edgar and Shamus winner James W. Hall was born in Kentucky in 1947 and graduated from Florida Presbyterian College in 1969 with a B.A. in literature, and a deep love of Florida. He went on to earn an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, then did everything in his power to return to Florida. He eventually found a job in Miami at Florida International University — after working as a landscaper) and now teaches literature and creative writing. His long-promised, long-awaited study of what makes a bestseller, entitled Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers is finally due out in 2012.


  • “…I based Thorn on equal parts Travis McGee, Robert Parker’s Spenser, Henry David Thoreau, Elmore Leonard’s usual strong silent hero, and my next door neighbor in Key Largo. I wanted someone who was funny and three dimensional and tough. I wanted him to have a past and to be something of a brooder.”
    — James W. Hall


  • “No one has written more lyrically of the Gulf Stream since Ernest Hemingway.”
    James Lee Burke
  • “No writer working today…more clearly evokes the shadows and loss that hide within the human heart.”
    — Robert Crais
  • “Thorn is the kind of character you meet and feel you’ve been reading for years. The grizzled PI star of Hall’s long-running series, Thorn has a knack for getting into nasty scrapes and dust-ups that take readers all over the state, from Miami to the Florida Panhandle. Hall knows how to play with the tropes of the genre and reading this series was a great tutorial in the way to roll out a series.”
    — Alex Segura, the Pete Fernandez series



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Bluefox808 for the word to the wise.

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