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Publisher's Summary

Based on real events, and newly declassified documents, Magic City, like the films L.A. Confidential and Chinatown, evokes a time in our nation's history when powerful men were willing to do whatever they thought necessary to achieve their goals. A simple black-and-white photograph, taken during the 1964 Clay-Liston fight in Miami Beach, sets off a modern-day murder spree that reaches from the quiet neighborhoods of Miami to the back corridors of the White House. When the last remaining copy falls into the hands of Thorn, a Key Largo recluse, he and everyone he loves become the targets of madmen and trained killers, each of whom has his own powerful motive to see the photograph destroyed forever and its secrets kept hidden.
©2007 James W. Hall (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Another outstanding chapter in one of the genre's most consistently first-rate series." (Booklist)
"Entertaining....Hall offers lively characters, livelier dialogue, and an excellent depiction of contemporary south Florida." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By M. Anderson on 04-08-07


I'm not much of a reviewer, but I really enjoyed this book. The plot was well done, it amazed me that one photo could bring about such tragic events. I thought the narrator did an excellent job, especially with Laughton. I could picture him as a cop in his lucid moments and in his confused state he was at times a crack up with his attitude toward Thorn and sad when he was over tired. The ending left an opening for a sequel. I will definitely look forward to more from this author.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 05-14-07

Poor Plot Plus

I have been a fan of James Hall, but I found the plot and main characters impossible to like. The main character, Thorn, a hero in other books, makes boneheaded mistake after mistake. His stupid moves force you to cheer for the bad guys. You can almost hear the narrator dreading the next line when Thorn in pondering his next move. The idea of a forty year gap in the storyline is absolutely ridiculous. I will give Hall another chance, but it better be good.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 08-13-08


Definitely a dark book. Quite hard to keep with. Even the reader sounds depressed. The plot is ok, and does keep you involved.

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