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Fishermen's Court PDF, ePub eBook A fatal mistake on a drunken night in college comes back to haunt a troubled artist after eighteen years, threatening his friendships, his sanity, and his life. Finn Carroll is a failed artist living a marginal existence in his dead parents’ home. So why would a team of killers want to murder him and frame it as a suicide? Finn survives the encounter to discover the killers A fatal mistake on a drunken night in college comes back to haunt a troubled artist after eighteen years, threatening his friendships, his sanity, and his life. Finn Carroll is a failed artist living a marginal existence in his dead parents’ home. So why would a team of killers want to murder him and frame it as a suicide? Finn survives the encounter to discover the killers have left behind a “suicide note” detailing a dark incident from Finn’s past no one could possibly know about. Finn escapes to Musqasset Island, his former home, to seek refuge with an old friend, but soon realizes he has trapped himself on the small island with the very people who want him dead—and with old debts that need to be paid. His only hope for survival, and redemption, is to figure out who’s trying to kill him and why they’ve waited eighteen years to act—no easy task in a raging nor’easter, where communications are shaky and relationships (and Finn’s mental state) are even shakier.

30 review for Fishermen's Court

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debjani Ghosh

    [Reviewed for Readers' Favorite by Debjani Ghosh] The pièce de résistance of Fishermen’s Court is its watertight plot. I could not find a single loophole in it. Wolfendon plunged me into action from page one, and the unrelenting, brisk pace resulted in taut suspense throughout the novel. Moreover, the author did not show his hand till the end resulting in a satisfying denouément. Seldom do thrillers have space for character development. However, Fishermen’s Court proves to be different here as we [Reviewed for Readers' Favorite by Debjani Ghosh] The pièce de résistance of Fishermen’s Court is its watertight plot. I could not find a single loophole in it. Wolfendon plunged me into action from page one, and the unrelenting, brisk pace resulted in taut suspense throughout the novel. Moreover, the author did not show his hand till the end resulting in a satisfying denouément. Seldom do thrillers have space for character development. However, Fishermen’s Court proves to be different here as well. Wolfendon, without any exaggeration, has brilliantly portrayed the metamorphosis of Finn from a dispirited, depressed man to a man with a purpose. The author has deftly dealt with the literary ploy of getting trapped on a remote island during a raging storm. Fishermen’s Court is hugely atmospheric, thanks to the author’s vivid descriptions. Further, Wolfendon’s "delirious love affair with the English language" shines through in this novel. He has a word for every situation, every tool, and every emotion. The crisp sentences made it a breeze for me to read this novel. If you want to read a suspenseful thriller with loads of action, just grab the Fishermen’s Court by Andrew Wolfendon and settle on a comfy sofa. You won't notice when the time has passed. It’s a promising debut; I will be watching out for more from Wolfendon. My Blog

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    A really well written book, that is thoughtful and thought provoking. Different and fresh from the other thrillers out there. This book is good if you want something fresh and new.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hartnett

    A Memorable Thriller with Psychological Depth For being mainly centered on the small, fictional Maine island of Musqasset, Andrew Wolfendon’s Fishermen’s Court covers a great deal of territory. Yes, on one level it is the story of the dolorous gentrification of the island, with the beloved Fish Pier lost and with it some of Musqasset’s soul. On another, it’s the story of friendship between the working class narrator Finn and the rich, ambitious Miles. On another, it’s a turbulent love story betwe A Memorable Thriller with Psychological Depth For being mainly centered on the small, fictional Maine island of Musqasset, Andrew Wolfendon’s Fishermen’s Court covers a great deal of territory. Yes, on one level it is the story of the dolorous gentrification of the island, with the beloved Fish Pier lost and with it some of Musqasset’s soul. On another, it’s the story of friendship between the working class narrator Finn and the rich, ambitious Miles. On another, it’s a turbulent love story between Finn and Jeannie, stretching across two decades. And on yet another, it is smart, richly layered psychological thriller. From the novel’s opening, forces are out to get Finn, and ultimately, he will uncover nefarious plots past and present. But along the way, we grope our way forward with the humorous, depressed, likable protagonist: Finn carries his low self-esteem and his demons with a raffish charm. When he returns to Musqasset after four years, he confronts residents who either turn a cold shoulder or want to do him bodily harm. The sordid tales Finn uncovers will not be spoiled here. Especially near the end, the novel is filled with terrific surprises and revelations (I muttered “wow” appreciatively a number of times while reading). Wolfendon does a marvelous job of delineating the nuances of social classes, with their accompanying insecurities and entitlements. Furthermore, he deftly explores Finn’s complex psychological outlook, forged by a secretive family and traumatic experiences. The scenes where these issues arrive in high relief – particularly the encounters between Finn and Jeannie and the titular Fishermen’s Court – are particularly powerful and memorable. Simply put, Fishermen’s Court delivers as an exciting, psychological thriller that reveals much about Finn, Miles, and Jeannie and the small, bottomless island they inhabit.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Hightower

    Thank you NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for allowing me to review an advance copy of Fishermen's Court by Andrew Wolfendon. This was an action packed thriller that took off running from the start and held my interest throughout. Why would killers want to kill Finn Carroll? Finn's life is turned upside down as he tries to figure out who is after him. Great read you will not want to put down.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Finn Carroll’s world is falling apart – more than usual that is. Why do people want to kill him and make it look like suicide? He seeks help with his old friend Miles and heads out to Musqasset Island to stay with him at his holiday home. Stranded due to storms, Finn isn’t sure who to trust & why everyone is against him. This was, on the whole, a good thriller. There is plenty of action, confusion, double dealing, issues with trust and a quick fling thrown in. The weather is, of course, storm Finn Carroll’s world is falling apart – more than usual that is. Why do people want to kill him and make it look like suicide? He seeks help with his old friend Miles and heads out to Musqasset Island to stay with him at his holiday home. Stranded due to storms, Finn isn’t sure who to trust & why everyone is against him. This was, on the whole, a good thriller. There is plenty of action, confusion, double dealing, issues with trust and a quick fling thrown in. The weather is, of course, stormy with plenty of rain and dark nights. The whole idea of being stuck on an island, in a storm and being unable to get away is hardly new and a bit cliched. However the idea of a closed community on the island was quite central to the book. This was not a “wow” book for me. There were a few bits that didn’t work and I wasn’t too sure about the ending. However, I did enjoy it and feel that it holds it own as a slightly above average thriller. I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Edna

    Description Finn Carroll is a failed artist living a marginal existence in his dead parents’ home. So why would a team of killers want to murder him and frame it as a suicide? Finn survives the encounter to discover the killers have left behind a “suicide note” detailing a dark incident from Finn’s past no one could possibly know about. Finn escapes to Musqasset Island, his former home, to seek refuge with an old friend, but soon realizes he has trapped himself on the small island with the very pe Description Finn Carroll is a failed artist living a marginal existence in his dead parents’ home. So why would a team of killers want to murder him and frame it as a suicide? Finn survives the encounter to discover the killers have left behind a “suicide note” detailing a dark incident from Finn’s past no one could possibly know about. Finn escapes to Musqasset Island, his former home, to seek refuge with an old friend, but soon realizes he has trapped himself on the small island with the very people who want him dead—and with old debts that need to be paid. His only hope for survival and redemption is to figure out who’s trying to kill him and why they’ve waited eighteen years to act—no easy task in a raging nor’easter, where communications are shaky and relationships (and Finn’s mental state) is even shakier. Enough twist and turns to keep you going. A TRUE thriller of a book which kept me guessing until the last page.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rick Papazian

    You've got to read this book. I couldn't believe the quality writing. The best I've seen in years, especially for a thriller. The plot is genius. The main characters, are well rounded and nuanced. I resorted to reading this thing while shaving! I can't say it is perfect but it is perfectly tight, and the mood he created was deliciously wicked and delightful. And he uses humor so bittingly cool, with words and phases that I would kill for as a writer. Yeah, I only wish I could write like this. I You've got to read this book. I couldn't believe the quality writing. The best I've seen in years, especially for a thriller. The plot is genius. The main characters, are well rounded and nuanced. I resorted to reading this thing while shaving! I can't say it is perfect but it is perfectly tight, and the mood he created was deliciously wicked and delightful. And he uses humor so bittingly cool, with words and phases that I would kill for as a writer. Yeah, I only wish I could write like this. I finished the book in three or maybe four sittings. And when I finished, sadly, I wondered how I could get my hands on something similar. I read up on Mr. Wolfendon, odds are he is probably too busy to write another one. The only one that came close to this was a novel by Edward Delaney, "Follow the Sun." To Andrew Wolfendon, I tip my hat and thank you for a wonderful ride!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sublime Book Review

    Overall Rating = 4.375 Storyline & Concept = 4.5 Writing & Delivery = 4.5 Cover Marketability = 4 Editorial = 4.5 “Fisherman’s Court is a complicated and manic book directly reflecting that main character, Finn Carroll. The storyline is confounding while completely compelling. The gritty unfolding circumstances put the self-deprecating, Finn in a position of self-examination amid the threat of unknown sadistic enemies all while taking a forced trip down memory and slap in the face reality lan Overall Rating = 4.375 Storyline & Concept = 4.5 Writing & Delivery = 4.5 Cover Marketability = 4 Editorial = 4.5 “Fisherman’s Court is a complicated and manic book directly reflecting that main character, Finn Carroll. The storyline is confounding while completely compelling. The gritty unfolding circumstances put the self-deprecating, Finn in a position of self-examination amid the threat of unknown sadistic enemies all while taking a forced trip down memory and slap in the face reality lane. Misplaced blame feeds guilt and hides secrets in this twisty and twisted mystery.” Sublime Line: “A confessional self-examination suspense-driven mystery that shows how personal past is always relevant to the personal future.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    GARY FONG

    The fast moving opening grabs you quickly and refuses to let go. Imagine being framed for something you kind of did by accident, something unintentional but caused catastrophic damage - but you had no idea - until the damaged party wants to enact deadly revenge? While we're being guided around from one reveal to the next, we're set in a haunting, beautiful island world that Wolfendon has managed to paint with a dark and haunting palette. The textures are rich, and the entire thing is a deep depart The fast moving opening grabs you quickly and refuses to let go. Imagine being framed for something you kind of did by accident, something unintentional but caused catastrophic damage - but you had no idea - until the damaged party wants to enact deadly revenge? While we're being guided around from one reveal to the next, we're set in a haunting, beautiful island world that Wolfendon has managed to paint with a dark and haunting palette. The textures are rich, and the entire thing is a deep departure to another world. From the beginning of the story to the end, you're in a mesmerized trance. Highly recommend!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Duffy

    A Truly Great Thriller! Fishermen’s Court grabbed me from the first page with it’s humor And from there, I became intrigued with the protagonist, Finn, who grew more psychologically interesting and complex over the course of this thrilling story. The combination of a suspenseful mystery, a view of a New England coastal island in a cultural crisis, laugh-out-loud humor and the possible rekindling of an old romance, makes this one, an “ I can’t put it down “ read. Personally, I can’t wait for Andre A Truly Great Thriller! Fishermen’s Court grabbed me from the first page with it’s humor And from there, I became intrigued with the protagonist, Finn, who grew more psychologically interesting and complex over the course of this thrilling story. The combination of a suspenseful mystery, a view of a New England coastal island in a cultural crisis, laugh-out-loud humor and the possible rekindling of an old romance, makes this one, an “ I can’t put it down “ read. Personally, I can’t wait for Andrew Wolfendon‘s next novel.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Fishermen's Court by Andrew Wolfendon . Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this e-book. Well written fast paced thriller , the action started from the very beginning of the story . Finn Carroll could'nt understand why two men wanted to kill him . He knew he must get right away immediately to stay alive , but where to go and what to do . A terrifying story but I was unable to stop reading as wanted to know what was going to happen next, the ending was a real surprise . Very good rea Fishermen's Court by Andrew Wolfendon . Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this e-book. Well written fast paced thriller , the action started from the very beginning of the story . Finn Carroll could'nt understand why two men wanted to kill him . He knew he must get right away immediately to stay alive , but where to go and what to do . A terrifying story but I was unable to stop reading as wanted to know what was going to happen next, the ending was a real surprise . Very good read . Recommend and give four stars .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dornacaskie

    NOT YOUR AVERAGE THRILLER... It is wonderful to find new voices in this genre. Wolfendon's book immediately grabs you with brief moments of gangster cruelty, then takes you on a complex and generational journey that is darkened by youthful culpability and entanglement. Current day island values and island people are well articulated, and the unraveling of the complete story does not insult the reader's intelligence - nor is it likely to be 100% of what you expect! I read this book cover to cover NOT YOUR AVERAGE THRILLER... It is wonderful to find new voices in this genre. Wolfendon's book immediately grabs you with brief moments of gangster cruelty, then takes you on a complex and generational journey that is darkened by youthful culpability and entanglement. Current day island values and island people are well articulated, and the unraveling of the complete story does not insult the reader's intelligence - nor is it likely to be 100% of what you expect! I read this book cover to cover when I first opened it, and look forward to the author's future tales.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Solomon

    Fisherman’s Court is Guilty of Being Incredible Wolfendon’s novel is a compelling and never ending roller coaster of a man’s transformation into self realization. This journey wouldn’t be realized if he doesn’t escape death. This story had me from the get-go. I couldn’t put it down. Excitement. Romance. Redemption. What more can you ask for? Kudos!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Lots of twists and turns in this plot set on a Maine island. The depiction of fishermen's code of behavior in this old-fashioned, isolated way of life rang true. I liked the main character's voice. His clever humor in tight situations made the telling more enjoyable. Story did seem a little too long and dragged out, at times.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Dill

    Fantastic Psychological Thriller I loved this book. Is this guy crazy or not? You are never really sure as this story moves along. So many surprises along the way. I recommend this book to anyone who loves psychological thrillers. I couldn't put this book down. It never got boring!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Valerie K

    Wonderful! Loved this book! Twists and turns around every page. You think you have figured out who the bad guys are then you find out you’re wrong. Suspenseful, great characters, everything you want in a good mystery.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matt Sughrue

    I loved this book! Great thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. Terrific writing, great characters, quirky protagonist and a plot full of twists and turns. I stayed up all night to finish this one, and I didn't want it to end. Really looking forward to Andrew Wolfendon's next book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

    A complex series of twists and turns resulting a tremendously satisfying read. Graciously laced with a fabulous amount of drama, humor, tension, and physiological elements. I loved it. Was bummed when I finished. Looking forward to many more from this gifted author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robert L

    Fulfilling! I was looking for a good summer vacation read. I like psychological depth. I like a character who grows on you. I like lots of twists and turns and surprises. I like a good love story. I got everything I wanted in "Fishermen’s Court"!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Eventd of the past, can affect the futute Two friends, celebrating, and one tosses a bottle on the highway. Life goes on. Many years later, this comes back, with unexpected results.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jules J Rothus

    Wow Best Book Ever Twists Flops Flips Fish Tanks Horror and Love with Terrors and Suspense Storms and more Surprise ! You know Nothing

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Schudel

    Interesting dialog.

  24. 5 out of 5

    TINA LATHAM

    Fishy good Suspense. Kept me guessing for a while. Murder, mayhem, and some very interesting characters. Sure hope Finn's finally figured it out!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Dell

    A very exciting and suspenseful novel I really enjoyed the story; it kept me interested for sure! I think anyone from teens to seniors would be appropriate readers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Clement

    Excellent read. Full of twists that keep you guessing and many laugh out loud moments from the irreverent FC. I was sad to finish it because I was enjoying it so much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Fishermen’s Court is smart, funny, touching, and so “can’t put it down” compelling that I did something I haven’t done in years; read it through, cover to cover, no skimming, in essentially one sitting! Featuring a very clever double (triple?) helix of a thriller plot, a pitch-perfect setting that deeply animates and shapes the delightfully memorable characters that populate it, and insightful renderings of the messy, bittersweet mashup of love, loss, courage and redemption that characterize our Fishermen’s Court is smart, funny, touching, and so “can’t put it down” compelling that I did something I haven’t done in years; read it through, cover to cover, no skimming, in essentially one sitting! Featuring a very clever double (triple?) helix of a thriller plot, a pitch-perfect setting that deeply animates and shapes the delightfully memorable characters that populate it, and insightful renderings of the messy, bittersweet mashup of love, loss, courage and redemption that characterize our human condition, Fishermen’s Court is a masterful bit of genre craftsmanship -and so much more. An exhilarating, satisfying read that I enthusiastically recommend.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Koenigsfeld

  29. 4 out of 5

    michael petty

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Murray

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