The Whaleboat House Paperback – 2 Jul 2007
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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
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really liked it. Brought back fond memories of another time when I lived at the east end of Long Island, but a good plot, interesting characters and some final twists. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A competent crime thriller set in Long Island in 1947. Labarde, the fisherman and Hollis, the cop are nicely contrasting in their character and background, and the lives of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Curmudgeon
This book was sold as if a different title from another Mark Mills Book, but this was the American title, and I already had the Enlish title version....GrrrPublished on 10 July 2014 by LORNA CADY
One of the best thrillers I have ever read. It has an additional twist in as much as both the fisherman who finds the girl's body and a local cop both investigate her murder... Read morePublished on 18 May 2014 by Mary Seymour
I vowed never to read another Mills after House of the Hanged was so second-rate. But here I am. And it's mainly because there's so little on the market. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by London Matron
A strong plot that brings together an unusual array of characters through murder, mystery and intrigue. One of Mills` lesser known books but definitely one of his bestPublished on 13 Oct. 2013 by Yorkshire Lass