An enthralling crime novel set in post-World War II Long Island. 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. But for Conrad Labarde, a second-generation Basque immigrant recently returned from World War II, and his fellow fisherman, Rollo Kemp, this stability is shattered when a beautiful New York socialite turns up dead in their nets. On the face of it, her death was accidental, but deputy police chief Tom Hollis - an incomer from New York - is convinced the truth lies in the intricate histories and family secrets of Amagansett's inhabitants. Meanwhile the enigmatic Labarde is pursuing his own investigation. In unraveling the mystery, this haunting and evocative novel captures a community whose way of life is disappearing, its demise hastened by war in Europe and the incursions of wealthy city dwellers in search of a playground.
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
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 3rd January 2005
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.252