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Amagansett (2004)

af Mark Mills

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Snow Falling on Cedars meets The Shipping News in this enthralling literary crime novel set in post World War II Long Island. In the small town of Amagansett, perched on Long Island's windswept coast, generations have followed the same calling as their forefathers, fishing the dangerous Atlantic waters. Little has changed in the three centuries since white settlers drove the Montaukett Indians from the land. But for Conrad Labarde, a second-generation Basque immigrant recently returned from the Second World War, and his fellow fisherman Rollo Kemp, this stability is shattered when a beautiful New York socialite turns up dead in their nets. On the face of it, her death was accidental, but deputy police chief Tom Hollis -- an incomer from New York -- is convinced the truth lies in the intricate histories and family secrets of Amagansett's inhabitants. Meanwhile the enigmatic Labarde is pursuing his own investigation. In unravelling the mystery, this haunting and evocative novel captures a community whose way of life is disappearing, its demise hastened by war in Europe and the incursions of wealthy city dwellers in search of a playground.… (mere)
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Prachtig geschreven boek. Het is eigenlijk een thriller die zich vlak na de tweede wereldoorlog afspeelt. De hoofdpersoon Conrad Labarde is een tweede generatie Bask die zich voor de oorlog met zijn vader en broer als visser gevestigd heeft in Long Island, Amerika. Hij wordt nog getekend door de dingen die hij heeft meegemaakt in die oorlog en waardoor hij steeds flash backs heeft naar de strijd. Als er een lichaam van een jonge vrouw wordt aangetroffen de netter die Conrad en zijn vriend Rollo binnenhalen, gaat Conrad op onderzoek uit want er kloppen een aantal dingen totaal niet. Al gauw legt hij de link tussen deze dode vrouw en een verongelukt meisje van een aantal jaren eerder. ( )
  connie53 | Nov 10, 2019 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Apr 2009; read it 2007):
- The setting and story are both convincing. It didn't keep me reading for bold stretches, but was good all the same. This was better than formulaic crime, yet not quite elevated as I prefer. I would consider reading more of Mark Mills. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Nov 6, 2018 |
What seems like an accidental drowning of a society woman turns into a murder mystery involving a local fisherman (who is a war hero), a second rate cop whose on his uppers and the woman's family. There's plenty of skeletons in the cupboard, a lot of attention to detail, and a slow burning plot that builds momentum. Well written and gripping story. ( )
  sianpr | Dec 11, 2016 |
Brilliant Debut Novel: 1947. East Hampton, NY. Conrad Labarde, a Basque immigrant fisherman, finds a dead woman in his seine. Another drowning? But Lillian Wallace swam every day. Her room wasn't slept in, but the toilet seat's up. And why was she wearing pearl earrings? She never wore them when she swam. What's wrong here?

So begins a mystery unique, deep and textured. Conrad and Tom Hollis, Deputy Chief, are unlikely allies, but they appear to be the only ones who think the tragic drowning of Lillian Wallace may have been something more than a sad but not uncommon summer's misadventure. And they're both loners; they don't know or trust each other. So why are they being pressured to leave the death alone? Hollis hates his job and wants to split. Conrad is just surviving. He's a war hero coping with trauma: family sadness, the loss of love, and post-trauma stress disorder. What do these men have in common? Only a sense that something's wrong with the Lillian Wallace picture, and it must be made right. The smell of money pollutes the air. Blue fins run.

Mark Mills has written a stellar novel: more than a mystery, literary, but going someplace. Just don't ask me to pronounce the title. Mills' descriptions of the deceptive seas, the fine points of commercial fishing, and the struggles of local fishing families living like crabs in the bolt-holes, pockets and hard-up interiors of the developing post-war East Hampton are full and textured. East Hampton is both a sea-based rural community, where life is hard and values are simple and well-learned, and a playground for the rich and powerful, where rules bend under the weight of money. How does the murder of Lillian Wallace span this expanding culture chasm?

You won't soon be lending "Amagansett."

  lonepalm | Feb 5, 2014 |
A young woman's body is found in a fishing net off the Long Island coast. Everyone believes it was a tragic accident, but the Deputy Chief of Police and the fisherman who discovered her have their suspicions from the outset, so each pursues their own investigation into her death.

This was a real slow-burner with lots of background information to each of the characters and local colour (with obscure fishing terminology), so much in fact that the plot hardly progressed at all. When you come across the old "Was it an accident or murder?" question in a novel, there is usually only one answer to it, and it proved true here too. In fact, after a certain point the sequence of events was easily predictable, and the only reason this book didn't get a lower rating was because the author delivered a well-written snapshot of life in a fishing community after the Second World War. ( )
  passion4reading | Dec 1, 2013 |
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I stand as on some mighty eagle's beak, Eastward the sea absorbing, viewing, (nothing but sea and sky,) The tossing waves, the foam, the ships in the distance, The wild unrest, the snowy, curling caps - that inbound urge and urge of waves, Seeking the shores forever. -Walt Whitman, "From Montauk Point"
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Snow Falling on Cedars meets The Shipping News in this enthralling literary crime novel set in post World War II Long Island. In the small town of Amagansett, perched on Long Island's windswept coast, generations have followed the same calling as their forefathers, fishing the dangerous Atlantic waters. Little has changed in the three centuries since white settlers drove the Montaukett Indians from the land. But for Conrad Labarde, a second-generation Basque immigrant recently returned from the Second World War, and his fellow fisherman Rollo Kemp, this stability is shattered when a beautiful New York socialite turns up dead in their nets. On the face of it, her death was accidental, but deputy police chief Tom Hollis -- an incomer from New York -- is convinced the truth lies in the intricate histories and family secrets of Amagansett's inhabitants. Meanwhile the enigmatic Labarde is pursuing his own investigation. In unravelling the mystery, this haunting and evocative novel captures a community whose way of life is disappearing, its demise hastened by war in Europe and the incursions of wealthy city dwellers in search of a playground.

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