Bad Axe by James W. Hall

A simple favor: Recover 23 stolen landmines filled with VX nerve gas and rescue a young Honduran girl, Dulce, from a band of murderous white supremacists. Most people would say no. Most people aren't THORN.

From a Pacific Island base in the past, to the rough back roads of the Arizona-Mexico border, to a tiny town in Michigan called Bad Axe, Thorn follows a dangerous trail that leads to breathtaking suspense.

To save the girl and thousands of innocent American lives, Thorn and Sugarman must infiltrate a terrorist cell far from Key Largo. They're way out of their element, but the big question is are they out of their league? If they fall short, the axe could finally fall in BAD AXE.

Thorn, who “may remind you of John D. MacDonald’s immortal Travis McGee…or perhaps Lee Child’s Jack Reacher” (The Washington Post Book World) returns for his fifteenth adventure.

“I believe no one has written more lyrically of the Gulfstream since Ernest Hemingway…” – JAMES LEE BURKE

“No writer working today uses language as elegantly as Hall, or more clearly evokes the shadows and loss that hide within the human heart.” – ROBERT CRAIS

“James Hall is a writer I have learned from over the years. His people and places have more brush strokes than a van Gogh. He delivers taut and muscular stories about a place where evil always lurks below the surface.” – MICHAEL CONNELLY

”James Hall’s prose runs clean and fast as Gulf Stream waters.” – Marilyn Stasio, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

”An expert creator of grotesque villains and fast action, former poet Hall raises the crossbar with his sensitive insights into the human condition.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“James Hall's writing is astringent, penetrating, and unfailingly gripping long after you read the last page…The story and the characters crackle like lingering currents of electricity in your mind.” – DEAN KOONTZ

This series is one of my favorites. Steven Becker is a genius when it comes to weaving a plot and local color with great characters. It's like dessert, I eat it first. – RAH

Kurt Hunter is the everyman hero. He's flawed. He screws up. Just like all of us. But he always muddles through. This is another gem of the South Florida Genre, featuring boats and diving and sunken treasure (and for those of us who live here traffic, ostentatious lifestyles, and picturesque bums). Escape to the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay with Kurt and Justine (and the wacky Susan). I assure you, it'll be worth your while. – David Thatcher Wilson

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