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And the Sea Will Tell [Mass Market Paperback]

Vincent Bugliosi , Bruce Henderson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Dec 22 1991
AND THE SEA WILL TELL, written by renowned defense attorney and author of HELTER SKELTER Vincent Bugliosi, reconstructs the events and subsequent trial of a riveting true murder mystery, and probes into the dark heart of a serpentine scenario of death that began when four people found hell in paradise. It was the 1960s and two couples separately set sail in search of a peaceful life: a wealthy yachtsman and his wife, an ex-con and his sexy girlfriend. Their destinies converged on a South Pacific island hundreds of miles from civilization where a savage murder left two of them there forever. . . .
"Grips you by the throat from beginning to end."

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And the Sea Will Tell spins a riveting story--a story that could have been the backbone for a classic novel by Herman Melville or Joseph Conrad. Two couples--one wealthy and married, the other an ex-con and his hippie girlfriend-- separately set sail for a remote South Pacific island, each hoping to play "Adam and Eve" in paradise. Instead of getting away from it all, they take it with them-- their pasts and prejudices, and the petty battles over status and material goods that arise from their different social classes. Only two people out of the original four live through the experience. One of them has the extraordinary good luck to be defended in court by master attorney Vincent Bugliosi (author of Helter Skelter). As the Los Angeles Times writes, "The book succeeds on all counts. The final pages are some of the most suspenseful in trial literature."

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In 1974, wealthy Californians Mac and Muff Graham sailed to Palmyra Island, 1000 miles south of Hawaii, in their boat the Sea Wind . Buck Walker and Jennifer Jenkins arrived soon after on the same atoll, fleeing drug charges in Hawaii. Several months later, Walker and Jenkins returned to Hawaii in the Sea Wind , claiming that the Grahams were presumed dead when the dinghy in which they had gone fishing was washed ashore unmanned. However, in 1980, vacationers on Palmyra found bones soon identified as those of Muff Graham, who was determined to have been shot. Walker and Jenkins were charged with murder: in separate San Francisco trials, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and she was acquitted. Writing with Henderson ( Empire of Deceit) , Bugliosi ( Helter Skelter ), who served as Jenkins's attorney, offers a case history which could have been a true-crime classic if not for the 250 tedious pages devoted to his client's 23-day trial. Photos not seen by PW. Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read, but heavy on the ego Dec 1 2003
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I enjoyed this book overall. The first half sets up the murder mystery, while the second is devoted to Mr. Bugliosi's defense of his client. Both halves were engrossing, although I found, as other readers did, Mr. Bugliosi's ego comes through loud and clear and made for offputting reading at times in his description of the trials.
Still, his summation makes for a fascinating study in how great defense attorneys work (I thought he was especially clever in insinuating that those who took issues with Jennifer's behavior were "strict Puritans," thus indirectly shaming those jurors who might think ill of her). I can see how they were swayed by his arguments and appreciate the care he took to make them (and explain them in the book).
This book also shows, as in the Simpson case, the difficulties state prosecutors face in squaring off against high-profile defense attorneys. I couldn't help but get the impression that many jurors were taken with Bugliosi's persona and celebrity status thanks to the Manson case. I also wonder why the prosecutors didn't exploit his contradictory argument that Jennifer acted independently of Buck while on the island, yet "her reality became his reality" when she was lying to cover up the theft when they were back in Hawaii. You can't have it both ways, which is why I still believe she bears guilt for this crime.
All in all, it was a great read, not quite as gripping as Helter Skelter, but nearly so. I highly recommend this book and hope someday another author will take a look at this fascinating case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous true-crime writing Dec 29 2003
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Once upon a time Vincent Bugliosi was a star student at UCLA. After that he became a famous star district attorney then went on to private practice where he became a star defense lawyer. Then he became entrapped in that morrass which seems to call with a siren-like persuasion: politics. There was that awful book about JFK (the Warren Commission was right), then an angry defense of Clinton (Paula Jones, et al and 2000 where he wrote that Gore was robbed by the [Democratic] courts of Florida.
Thankfully, this was in an earlier incarnation (plain lawyer) where he takes an unthankful case that doesn't seem to have a prayer. A murder at sea and the person on board is not guilty? The difficulty was compounded by the unwillingness of the defendent to "tell all". Despite this, he worked 100 hours/wk (once he had convinced himself of her innocence) and eventually was vindicated.
Great story, great writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lawyer justifies getting a guilty client off. March 27 2003
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Although this is a pretty good summary of the crime, the courtroom portion of the book is tainted by the author's involvement. He glorifies his own rhetoric at great length. Also, it should not be surprising that a lawyer can slant the truth very subtly. This book is about the murder of two people who sailed to a deserted island and had the great misfortune to meet there the author's client and her boyfriend, who were hanging out in a dilapidated sailboat with little food or fuel. The murderers then proceeded to take the victims' sailboat and sail to Hawaii, where they repainted it. The murders came to light only because of the near-miraculous discovery, long after, of bones of a victim in the deserted island's lagoon. After reading this book to the end, it doesn't take much thought to reach the inescapable conclusion that the author's client, whom he got off, was obviously a full participant in the murders. The author, however, makes it seem that her acquittal was some sort of triumph of justice. He and Johnny Cochran must get along well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, but a trifle long July 31 2002
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This is a step above the average True Crime novel in that the author is a celebrated attorney and that he knows the accused personally. The minutae of court proceedings is fascinating enough to make this book a perfect gift for any law student. The fact that the main character, Jennifer Jenkins, is so vague makes one wonder if she did get away with murder. It's a credit to the book that her attorney gives all the facts in order to leave that room for doubt in her innocence (but he repeats several times, he doesn't have to prove that she's innocent. He just as to prove that there's a doubt concerning her guilt.)
The first third of the book is about Palmyra, the island where Jennifer and her boyfriend Buck wanted to get away from it all. A second couple shows up and there's tension. When the friends of the second couple lose contact, they become worried. When Buck and Jennifer show up in the stolen boat of the second couple, everyone assumes murder. When the skeletal remains of one of the victims are found, the trials begin.
The rest of the book details the trial first of Buck Walker, then of Jennifer Jenkins. Bugliosi's defense of Jennifer Jenkins rests in her not knowing that Buck Walker killed the second couple. Unraveling his client's confused often flaky narrative and fighting with an extremely partial judge, Bugliosi takes through the trial point by point with several stops in between.
While this makes for a compelling crime novel, the problem with trials is that much of the live trial is deadly dull. The high points make great drama, but there's a lot of discussions of evidence, procedures and such that are only interesting to lawyers, law school students and accused criminals. At certain points I began to wonder if I'd ever finish reading this book.
However, the quality of the writing and the interest of the case keep the book going. You are still fascinated with the case at the end even if there are dull parts in between.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim loves this Author
All four books arrived in one box, which made me very happy as it was left at my door. No need to have to pick them up.
Published 10 months ago by Stephanie Vernon
1.0 out of 5 stars grand fiction
The femme fatale in this yarn has convinced the author that she was just an innocent passenger in the cruise of the Iola to Palmyra, the murder of Mac and Muff Graham, the theft of... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding crime novel
A real life murder mystery that took place on one of the most isolated islands in the South Pacific. Perfect in almost every way and highly recommended to all true crime fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vanity, all is vanity...
This actually isnt a bad story. As you can see below, two couples, two boats, one desert island, one murder. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by DeathfromAFar
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in non-stop 2 days
Could not put it down. This books is great several ways: the adventure is fantastic with visions of an island in paradise, the court procedures are so well described, so intense on... Read more
Published on May 31 2002 by Pablo R. Vitaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent true-crime mystery
Two couples alone together on a remote Pacific island, one couple eventually leaves in a stolen boat and the other couple is never seen again. Read more
Published on May 27 2002 by Gail Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start, Slow Finish
This is a fascinating story of murder on a deserted island. The first half of the book is a riveting, well-developed account of two couples seeking paradise and finding disaster. Read more
Published on April 11 2002 by Velouria
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, couldn't put it down....
This was by far the best true-crime story I've read in quite some time. I highly recommend it as a great read, but I personally think Mr. Read more
Published on March 28 2002 by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
This book was long and in paperback the print is very small, but I stayed glued to the book. I learned a lot about sailing and the sea. Extremely interesting.
Published on Feb. 23 2002
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