Snow Falling on Cedars meets The Shipping News in this enthralling literary 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 the Second World War, 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 unravelling 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.
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'Beautifully written, character-driven book, with its exotic Long Island sound locale and lyrical descriptions...' -- Irish Times
'The requisite qualities of a film script - atmospheric details, lucidity and a simple, spare style' -- Sunday Telegraph
'This is an intriguing, atmospheric, literary crime novel. The uneasy juxtaposition of two communities is brilliantly evoked by Mark Mills' -- Daily Mail
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.
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Book Description Perennial. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Daily Mail 'This is an intriguing, atmospheric, literary crime novel. The uneasy juxta position of two communities is brilliantly evoked by Mark Mills' Sunday Telegraph 'The requisite qualities of a film script - atmospheric details, lucidity and a simple, spare style'. Bookseller Inventory # RWARE0000007402
Book Description Harper, London, 2007. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 2'nd Printing. 358 pages set in New England in 1947. Rollo Kemp and Conrad Labarde, of Basque ancestry and recently home from WWII, were fishing in Gardiner's Bay. They hauled their net in with a very unusual catch. Read more about : Stony Hill, Ladies Village Improvement Society, Montauk Yacht Club, Town Pond, Sag Harbor, Accabonac Creek, Ned Raven, Two Mile Hollow, Further Road, and Lillian Wallace. Cond : Paper wrapper is sepia brown with blue lettering. Cover illustration is of one man walking past an over-turned dory on a salt water beach at low-tide. Corners, edges, and spine are all sharp. Volume clean and square. No names, marks, creases, nor tears. Collectible !! Quote (p. 82) : " The only notable additions in the past two decades were a good -quality battery radio set and a framed photo of Billy in military uniform, both on the side table next to the old captain's chair where Sam spent ._._._. .". Trade Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 006083