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    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (June 17, 2005)
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Mark Mills The Whaleboat House. Her hair snagged in the mesh

Mark Mills The Whaleboat House. Her hair snagged in the mesh. Rollo proffered his jackknife, but Conrad ignored him, finally freeing the woman from the clutches of the seine. Hollis had heard that some purchasers would happily pay too much for a house, inflating the value of surrounding real estate, thereby ensuring that the diminishing number of vacant plots would only ever be occupied by those of their kind. Maybe it was just rumor, but he somehow doubted it. There was a chilling simplicity to both the logic and the formula.

Mark Mills has written a first novel that reverberates in the mind with the force of a literary epiphany' Irish Times. Mills is clever, unravelling the story from several angles' Observer.

A book lay face down on an upturned fish crate beside the molten remains of a candle and an all-but-empty bottle of cheap Imperial whiskey. He had read deep into the night, the bugs dancing dangerously close to the candle flame until it had finally sputtered and died.

From the No. 1 bestseller and author of Richard & Judy pick The Savage Garden: an award-winning crime novel set in post-war New York for fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Jed Rubenfeld In the small town of Amagansett, perched on Long Island's windswept coast, generations have followed the same calling as their forefathers, fishing the dangerous Atlantic waters. Little has changed in the three centuries since white settlers drove the Montaukett Indians from the land.

The next few seconds were critical. This reinforced middle section housed the bag at the very center of the net, marked by a cork flag buoy

The next few seconds were critical. Rollo’s judgment would determine whether they went off cleanly, or whether they filled up, broached to, or – God forbid – pitchpoled. Pull!’ yelled Rollo, pushing off and struggling aboard in one graceless movement. Conrad arched his back into the stroke. This reinforced middle section housed the bag at the very center of the net, marked by a cork flag buoy. As soon as the bag was set Conrad swung the dory parallel to the beach. Rollo paid out the rest of the net until the offshore wing narrowed to a manila line coiled at his feet.

The Whaleboat House - Mark Mills

The Whaleboat House - Mark Mills. Stacked in one corner of the barn was a jumble of obsolete whaling gear – lances, double-fluke and toggle harpoons, longhandled blades for cutting into blubber, block and tackle for prizing the blankets free from the carcass, more blades for mincing the blubber, two cast-iron cauldrons for trying-out the whale oil, and large sieves for skimming off the bones and skin. This clutter had come with the old whaleboat house – Rollo’s contribution to their enterprise – that now stood beside the barn. A twenty-six-foot whaleboat had also formed part of the package.

The Whaleboat House book. I find reading Mark Mills a warming, easy and enjoyable experience, but this was his weakest book with a number of plot holes. It was his debut and his novels did get much better.

By (author) Mark Mills. 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. a rich layering of character a highly enjoyable murder investigation set against a backdrop of sumptuous local detail' The Times. Mark Mills has written a first novel that reverberates in the mind with the force of a literary epiphany' Irish Times. Mills is clever, unravelling the story from several angles' Observer show more.

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Whaleboat House, The Mark Mills HarperCollins UK 9780007161928 : An enthralling crime novel set in post World War II Long Island. Whaleboat House, The, Mark Mills. Варианты приобретения. Кол-во: Наличие: Поставка под заказ. Есть в наличии на складе поставщика. Склад Англия: 2 шт. При оформлении заказа до: 13 сен 2019 Ориентировочная дата поставки: начало октября При условии наличия книги у поставщика.

From the No. 1 bestseller and author of Richard & Judy pick The Savage Garden: an award-winning crime novel set in post-war New York for fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Jed Rubenfeld Long Island, 1947 The men of Long Island have fished the wild Atlantic waters over the centuries. For Conrad Labarde, recently returned from the Second World War, the nets hold a sinister catch - the body of Lillian Wallace, a beautiful New York socialite. Is it an accident or murder? Police chief Tom Hollis is convinced the roots of the tragedy lie in the twisted histories of local families. But the enigmatic Labarde insists on pursuing his own investigation. It seems the fisherman may have powerful reasons for wanting answers to the questions surrounding her death. And in this strange place where tradition meets power and riches, the truth is a rare thing indeed...

A beautifully written mystery thriller set in the period post world war two in Amagansett. The body of a wealthy young woman is found by local fisherman at first she has thought to have drowned.

There was a lot to appreciate about this novel. The murder is investigated via two sources, the Basque fisherman Conrad Lobarde who found the deceased and the local police officer Hollis. Each have their own methods of finding the truth and follow separate paths. That two pronged approach worked well in this novel. This novel isn't only about the murder though, it's also about the life and history of the inhabitants of Amagansett, class divide and the effects of war on the town and the inhabitants.

I came across this novel by chance and originally saw the title as "Amagansett" which I thought was intriguing so was surprised after the download to see I had purchased "The Whaleboat House". Thoroughly enjoyed this one.
The descriptive qualities of this novel were amazing for me. I don't live anywhere near an ocean and yet this author was able to illustrate the constantly changing nature of the waters off Long Island, New York to such an extent that I almost felt as if I could smell, taste, and hear the ocean. There was a depth of knowledge regarding fishing off those shores which made me believe in the characters wrestling a living from fishing the waters.

Since this was the first novel I've read by Mark Mills I had no idea what to expect. That it was a thriller was plain from the book description, but the many layers of character development was something which isn't necessarily well done by many writers so exploring not just Conrad Labarde, the fisherman, but also Tom Hollis, the policeman, was a true delight. It was also very entertaining to have portions of each character's back story revealed little by little throughout the novel. There was always something new coming around each corner so I didn't experience any middle-of-the-book drag which can sometimes happen. There are a multitude of contrasts presented in this novel and they add to the build-up of tension by impacting how the investigation into the death of Lillian Wallace was allowed to move forward, or not. There is also the feeling of a world trying to get back to normal in 1947, after so many years of war. Years in which even Labarde, the son of Basque immigrants who settled in that obscure spot in America, had his life change completely by what happened in Europe.

I found this to be a fascinating reading experience. I enjoyed watching the author unfold a double mystery and acquainting me with some of the mysteries of the ocean and those who make their living taking the risk of fishing in it. The ending was a little bit of a disappointment when the capture of the criminal took place, a little too contrived for me, but other than that it was a wonderfully moving experience to read this high quality novel.
Amagansett is an earlier Mills novel and I thus worried I might be disappointed. Not to worry. The work stands well on its own, not needing Mills other works to give it stature. World War II is the background scenery, never overplayed and working naturally to justify the terrible events taking place in post-war Long Island among the old family native fishermen and the invading new wealth.
Toward the end of the book, the hit man in town to bring down Conrad LaBarde wonders about his target How Could He Know So Much. LaBarde is one of if not the main characters in Amagansett. I, for one, wondered the same thing about Mark Mills, for his capture of the post-war years in a small fishing village not yet The Hamptons is a wonder to behold.
Amagansett, a beautiful hamlet on the eastern Atlantic coast of Long Island near Montauk Point, is the central location and gives the name to the novel. Many artist and famous people have had second homes there over the years.
The crime story is written in a pristine and concise style, with superb characterization, and lots of backstory masterfully brought forward.
"Amagansett", Mark Mills' first novel, is a thoughtful and intelligent, if unusual, murder mystery. Set in the post-World War south fork of Long Island, it is the tale of Conrad Labarde, a Basque immigrant fisherman who hauls a dead girl from the surf in his fishing nets. The dead girl, Lillian Wallace, is a member of the New York aristocracy who "summer" on Hampton's beaches. As Mills patiently unwinds the story, we learn that the stoic Labarde is a highly decorated war hero, having served in a secretive commando team in the European theatre. But this is but one of the secrets that gradually materialize in the rigid demarcations between Amagansett's opposing social strata's.

At times slow moving, rambling in others, "Amagansett" is nonetheless beautifully written and carefully researched. If you appreciate a bit of history as well as some education in your fiction, you'll find both in this largely overlooked period between WWII and the Cold War, and the somewhat obscure and forgotten dunes and fishing towns of Long Island. The characters, if somewhat stereotyped, have depth and hold interest, especially in the vivid portrait of the virtually extinct culture of east coast shore fishermen. The standard clichés of the evil rich and the noble poor threaten at times to overpower the story, but Mills atones with a climax that is genuinely thrilling and features a few unexpected twists. All things considered, this complex and elegant novel is an impressive debut; I suspect we'll be hearing much more of Mark Mills.
Thought the book was a history, ad it was as in its way. I needed a distraction after the holidays and this fit the bill. I was drawn in by the prologue and kept being drawn in by the characters. Read in two days and enjoyed the ride.