Thorn P.I. is a series of suspense thrillers by American novelist James W. Hall. Thorn is not a real private investigator, but rather an avenger. Hall based the character on Henry David Thoreau, Travis McGee, Spenser and some of Elmore Leonard‘s protagonists.

The Thorn P.I. series began in 1986 with Under Cover of Daylight. Below is a list of James W. Hall’s Thorn P.I. novels in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Thorn P.I. Books


Under Cover of Daylight(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tropical Freeze(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mean High Tide(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gone Wild(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Buzz Cut(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Sky at Night(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blackwater Sound(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Off the Chart(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Magic City(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hell's Bay(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Silencer(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Last(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Going Dark(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Finish(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Tropical Freeze is alternatively titled Squall Line.

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