James W. Hall

Johanna Lawshea

James W. Hall is the author of nineteen novels, thirteen of these feature a loner named Thorn, who makes a meager living tying bonefish flies. Hall’s non-fiction work includes Hot Damn!  a collection of personal essays, and Hit Lit, an analysis of twelve of the most commercially successful novels of the last century. Hall has published four collections of poetry, and two collections of short stories. He taught in the Creative Writing Department at Florida International University for more than twenty-nine years. His latest book is The Big Finish: A Thorn Novel (Minotaur Books). It has been one year since Thorn Moss’s son, Flynn, disappeared into the eco-underground, his only contact with Thorn a series of postcards chronicling his exploits. When a new postcard from Flynn arrives—with a plea for help—Thorn sets off for North Carolina to save him. But before Thorn gets there he’s intercepted by a federal agent who tells him Flynn had been acting as an informant for the FBI, and when his traitorous acts were discovered, he was summarily executed. The agent proposes a scheme to catch Flynn’s killer using Thorn as bait. Soon he’s among a gang of eco-terrorists planning an attack on a hog-farming operation…only to realize that the trap the FBI’s setting is not for Flynn’s killer at all. It’s for Flynn’s partner, a woman who has her own dangerous agenda.