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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reprint edition (31 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425205800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425205808
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.6 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Whaleboat House:

‘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

‘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

'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

'The requisite qualities of a film script – atmospheric details, lucidity and a simple, spare style.' Sunday Telegraph

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mark Mills is a screenwriter; among his credits is the script for "The Reckoning," adapted from Barry Unsworth's novel "Morality Play." Mills lives with his family.


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Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I wouldnt say that the murder mystery element filled me with a great deal of suspense but it was the books rich history and sense of atmosphere of 1940's Long Island and in particular that of East Hampton originally called Maidstone after the town in Kent, England from where its first settlers hailed.
The story centers primarily upon the 2 main characters being Conrad Labarde, a Basque Fisherman and Deputy Police Chief Tom Hollis. Both for their own reasons have an inextricable need to unravel and solve the mystery of the apparent suicide of society daughter Lillian Wallace.
Extremely well researched, from very early on and most certainly by the end of the book, you will feel a closeness and familiarity to the place, the peoples and its history.
I recommend this read and look forward to more works hopefully soon from Mark Mills!
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Format: Hardcover
Brilliantly realised thriller set in 1940s Long Island. The clever plot immediately draws you in and the characters make it an enjoyable ride. The background historical and technical research fills out the story, creating real authenticity and credibility without getting in the way of the unfolding drama. Mark Mills' first novel is a massively impressive debut - he's a name to watch and I can't wait for more.
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Format: Paperback
Evocative, thrilling, feature rich. The best book that I have read in a long, long time. The novel blends sea-faring, small-town life and the effects of WWII in an unforgetable mix. Incredible to believe that this is a debutant novel.........
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Format: Hardcover
If you are about to begin read this book, let me give you one piece of advice - make sure that you have nothing to do for the next few days! A more compelling, interesting, thoughtful, and fantastic book you will never read! It's truly staggering that this is Mark Mill's first novel - this guy has SUCH a future in books, not screenwriting as he's previously done (are you listening, Mr Mills?).
I won't go into the plot, suffice to say that it involves a murder of a rich girl in a Long Island fishing town, in 1947. There is a realistic cop, a plethora of horrible socialites and a couple of fishermen who are steeped in history and war.
This book works on so many levels - the descriptions are total emotive and the characters leap off the page. You actually feel as if you've been to the locations. The characters are all very different and linger long in your mind.
I think that the paperback release has been renamed as THE WHALE BOAT HOUSE, so be aware. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - I get through about a book a week and this is the most enjoyable book I've read in the last decade!
I await Mark Mill's next book with anticipation.
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This story poignantly invokes the divisions between the priviledged families residing in their mansions and the local fishing communities of the easternmost tip of 1947 Long Island. The main protagonist, Conrad Labarde, has returned from the Italian theatre of WWII, psychologically scarred from his wartime experiences. He embarks upon a relationship with a socialite who is subsequently found dead, apparently drowned at sea, her body being hauled ashore in his own fishing net. This is where the book opens. Labarde then sets out to bring her killers to justice. Positive aspects of the book include the atomsphere and quality of the writing, which is obviously well researched. The central heroic character is both well painted and likeable. However, for me the book has a bit too much technical detail concerning fishing techniques (which was a little lost on me), and although the central character is well painted, the character of the detective slips into cliche, and the villains are almost pantomime. The book is described as a 'mystery', and although this succeeds for the early part, the identity of the killers is really pretty obvious and in fact the author obviously gives up on this and tells us straight out two-thirds of the way through. The author feels the need to give every character an extensive back history as they are introduced, and the detectives love-interest subplot does little to advance the story. In places it has the overtones of the Great Gatsby.
Therefore it is a mixture of the good and the ordinary for me. Still an enjoyable read, but don't expect a cleverly plotted murder mystery. The author's obvious writing skill really conceals what is really quite a weak story line. Personally I prefered 'The Information Officer', but reading the reviews I seem to be in the minority!
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Format: Paperback
Mark Mills has pieced together a superb crime thriller set in a post second world war Long Island fishing community.
The pace of the book is spot on. The way that the pasts of the characters unfolds as the primary story develops is quite simply some of the most impressive writing I have ever encountered. It gives the novel a depth that truely connects you to the time, place and individuals.
The story evoles in such a way that you reach the end not only with excitement as to the climax, but also with genuine sadness that there are only a handful of pages left & Mark Mills has not written any other novels! (yet)
I would put this up there with one of the best books I have ever read.
My advice to you is to buy or borrow this book as soon as you can & to never underestimate a fisherman!
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