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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (June 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553477234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553477238
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Thorn, a loner and gloomy sort of guy, is the hero of James W. Hall's thriller series. But in Buzz Cut, the real center of attention is Butler Jack, an erudite homicidal maniac with a brilliant and grandiose scheme. The plan is to hijack a $400 million cruise ship and hold its 2,000 passengers for ransom. Butler Jack has an obsession with etymology, and he is more than happy to lecture his hostages on the derivation of the word "hijack," which is descended from "Jack" which comes from the Middle English "Jakke," which meant "ordinary guy." Our Jack is an ordinary guy who just happens to have the mind of a genius and a passion for grisly killing. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

A poet as well as a thriller writer, Hall (Gone Wild, etc.) brings an ear for language and an eye for the evocative detail, for the surge of meaning within sound and surface, to his latest?which features his customary hero, the moody, middle-aged Thorn. Reuniting with Thorn here is his old friend Sugarman (last seen in Mean High Tide). Bizarre family dysfunction and impending ecological disaster prove familiar but still effective Hall motifs as Sugar signs on as head of security for a billion-dollar Miami-based cruise ship line and Thorn encounters an unusually chilling adversary. Sugar's task is to catch a chimerical murderer whose victims all have some relationship to the company's gambling flagship, the M.S. Eclipse, from which the criminal has been stealing $50,000 per month. Danger promptly surfaces, as Sugar is nearly killed by the psychopathic Butler Jack, who has stun-gun electrodes attached to his fingertips and who plans to hold the Eclipse and its passengers hostage for a king's ransom. Jack also has designs on Monica Sampson, the long-missing daughter of the cruise line's owner, but Thorn, who winds up aboard the ship along with Sugar, casts eyes toward this young beauty as well. Murder, techno-wizardry and plenty of sexual tension ignite into spectacular action as Jack sets the ship on a collision course toward an oil-laden supertanker off Miami's South Beach. The title is right on; this thriller will slice readers' sleep into slivers.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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By sweetmolly on Feb. 10 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Broody loner Thorn (Travis McGee with attitude) is inveigled into taking a cruise when best pal Sugarman takes an almost fatal jolt of electricity while heading up security for the Fiesta Cruise Lines. Thorn on a cruise is about as likely as Jay Leno entering a monastery.
"Buzz Cut" is loaded with fascinating, but highly unlikely characters. Monica, angry runaway daughter of cruise line owner, Morton Hanson, is full of angst and bitterness. Why? Because she is stunningly beautiful and has been raised in luxurious plenty. Yes, really. She is trying to make an identity for herself as a maid in a seedy motel. The monster creating all the trouble is Butler Jack, a brilliant, truly scary guy with a love of etymology (the origin of words). He doesn't just expire people; he treats them to an hour-long lecture on interesting words. He is bent on ruining the Fiesta Cruise Line and its owners. He commandeers the ship and its communication and navigational systems, terrorizing the more than 2000 passengers.
This is a fine, lively read, and I think Mr. Hall had a good time writing it. It is over the top in a wry and humorous way. The characters are interesting and sharply defined. Mr. Hall develops them beautifully, but does seem to lose interest and then neglect them. Thorn does not play a major role in the book. It is a well-done ensemble piece. The author has a fascination with unlikely technology, but it's all in good fun.
Die-hard Thorn fans might object to the lightening of the mood, and the lack of philosophizing, but they can rest easy. Thorn is barely tempted by the crass commercialism and is properly grumpy at his enforced socialization. A fast, highly enjoyable read.
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By A Customer on Aug. 14 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, so it�s extremely unlikely that a single family could contrive to be so dysfunctional and high-profile to make this plot a reality, but that�s not quite the point of this book. James W Hall has again come up with some high-caliber entertainment that keeps us turning pages to discover the next little plot twist.
Sugarman and Thorn are now middle aged boyhood friends who�ve never quite escaped the insulation provided by the Florida Keys. Sugarman�s the laid back private detective and Thorn�s the fly-tying hero who�s even more laid back lifestyle affords him a greater perspective on their week�s cruise with the family from hell.
Full of keen detail about the cruise ship and its workings, Buzz Cut is an entertaining and thrilling romp through the waters of the southeast coast. The dialogue is healthy and sharp and the characters, for the most part, far enough away from stereotypes to be interesting. This is not a classic and Hall himself has done much better, but it is definitely a worthwhile read.
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James W. Hall has created a unique character in his protagonist Thorn, the "hero" of a number of books. Not quite a detective, Thorn nevertheless has a talent for landing in the thick of trouble, often while attempting to help out his friends. This was the basic conceit in Hall's previously Thorn title, _Gone Wild_, and he uses it again in his latest novel, _Buzz Cut_. This time, Thorn is motivated to help out his best friend, Sugarman, whose been hired as the head of security for a cruise ship line and has stumbled onto the track of a sociopathic misfit bent on defrauding the company, in order to send money to a growing collection of starving children in Third World countries. While the book is just as fast-paced and full of twists and turns as any in this continually-growing series (Hall's next book, _Red Sky at Night_, continues Thorn's adventures), _Buzz Cut_ isn't as strong a book as previous titles, wherein Hall was able to incorporate legitimate ecological and environmental concerns (_Mean High Tide_ and _Gone Wild_). Here, his satirical eye alights on such easy targets as the Donald Trump-like owner of the cruiseline and his talk-show host wife. An entertaining novel, but not Hall at his best
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By A Customer on June 5 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thorn and Sugarman have been friends since childhood. In this adventure they are faced with a truly evil character named Butler Jack. Together they must stop him from completing his to-do list of evil deeds. Battling incompetence and deception from the people in charge, and challenged by the genius of Butler Jack, they make some startling discoveries which will drastically alter their perceptions of themselves. The premise is wildly improbable but there were wonderful little pockets of sparkling prose scattered throughout which surprised me in a book of this nature. It kept me interested to the end and wanting to get to know Thorn and Sugarman better in future books
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By A Customer on April 18 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thorn and Sugarman have been friends since childhood. In this adventure they are faced with a truly evil character named Butler Jack. Together they must stop him from completing his to-do list of evil deeds. Battling incompetence and deception from the people in charge, and challenged by the genius of Butler Jack, they make some startling discoveries which will drastically alter their perceptions of themselves. The premise is wildly improbable but there were wonderful little pockets of sparkling prose scattered throughout which surprised me in a book of this nature. It kept me interested to the end and wanting to get to know Thorn and Sugarman better in future books
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