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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."
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.
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A great mystery not well told. For the first part of the book I would give five stars but once the second part of the book (the trial part) starts it drops to zero stars. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 21 months ago by Stephanie Vernon
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 morePublished on Nov. 8 2002
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.Published on Oct. 28 2002 by Support Wikileaks - Drop Amazon
This actually isnt a bad story. As you can see below, two couples, two boats, one desert island, one murder. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by DeathfromAFar
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 morePublished on May 31 2002 by Pablo R. Vitaver
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 morePublished on May 27 2002 by Gail Moore
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 morePublished on April 11 2002 by Velouria