And the Sea Will Tell

And the Sea Will Tell


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"Grips you by the throat from beginning to end."—Cleveland Plain Dealer
ALONE WITH HER NEW HUSBAND on a tiny Pacific atoll, a young woman, combing the beach, finds an odd aluminum container washed up out of the lagoon, and beside it on the sand something glitters: a gold tooth in a scorched human skull. The investigation that follows uncovers an extraordinarily complex and puzzling true-crime story. Only Vincent Bugliosi, who recounted his successful prosecution of mass murderer Charles Manson in the bestseller Helter Skelter, was able to draw together the hundreds of conflicting details of the mystery and reconstruct what really happened when four people found hell in a tropical paradise. And the Sea Will Tell reconstructs the events and subsequent trial of a riveting true murder mystery, and probes into the dark heart of a serpentine scenario of death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393327960
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/27/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 111,406
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Vincent Bugliosi (1934—2015), was the prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 bestselling books.

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1934

Date of Death:

June 6, 2015

Place of Birth:

Hibbing, MN

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, CA


University of Miami (1956); UCLA Law School (1964)

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And the Sea Will Tell 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Nik B. More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book at a Goodwill. I was in a hurry, and thought the title was interesting, and read the inside flap. It kept me absolutely glued, and I LOVED it. I had not originally realized it was a true story, and that part saddened me. The pictures included reminded me that this happened to real people :( The first part of the book is more of a story, with a couple from Hawaii sailing to a supposedly deserted island, the boyfriend (Buck) on the run from authorites. They plan to grow marijuana, and sell it to their friends when they brought supplies, eventually earning enough money to get out of court. Another couple from San Diego decide to go to the very same island for adventure. When the two couples collide, they are in for the adventure of their lives. When one couple turns up dead, the other couple is obviously blamed. They say it was those nasty black tip reef sharks, that the dead couples life boat overturned, and the sharks got to them. But the betrayal and verdict will shock all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Vincent's work and this is one of the finest! If you know anything at all about the law, then you'll know that Vincent does it the best. The final summation is just the ultimate!! A very good true crime drama and even the movie was great as well!! :-'
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great account of events. The book begins to drag a little with the in depth courtroom and trial dialogue, but provided unbelievable knowledge of those processes. The telling of the happenings on the island kept me glued. If you enjoyed Helter Skelter you will enjoy this as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen this made for tv movie 1st. Then, I had to have the book for more details. It was wonderful. This is a must for any Bugliosi fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book with a lot of factual detail but also great mystery story line.
Gimmeacoke More than 1 year ago
to escape from it all, and running into another couple who beat you to the punch. This story fascinated me. In fact, I have read it twice, and it was just as amazing the second time around. I didn't know people lived like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't believe a single word of what the defendant (Jennifer) says, but Bugliosi's summation is absolute genius. The verdict will blow you away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice and will read it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is very intriguing and you continue to wonder what really happened. You just have to tolerate Vincent Bugliosi's constant reference to himself and what a wonderful attorney he is. Otherwise it gives you a whole new meaning of sailing the seas and being on a romantic island
ritt1 More than 1 year ago
Vince is a little full of himself and wordy as usual but the man is also thorough and the story is facinating. Characters are also well drawn. All in All it was a good read. GR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first 200 pages of this book and learn about this amazing true story. They were very well written and researched. Then the writer who is the lawyer of the accused in this story goes on for 500 pages describing in every boring legal detail how he defended her at trial. I felt this part was more a self promotion, the author telling the world :look how great I am" than acting as a writer. Turned a great story into a very boring reading. Disappointed.
ntrue10 More than 1 year ago
I had never heard about these murders, and I have read more true crime books than I could ever count! It's a 700+ page book, which I really looked forward to. I was also very excited about the fact that Vincent Bugliosi co authored. While I admire his work, I must clue potential readers as to the layout of this book; the first half delves into the story of these two fated couples and their journey to the island of Palmyra...the second half is the trial. I enjoy reading about what happens in the courtroom, though the second half of the book is almost play by play. I will always pick up a book by Mr. Bugliosi, he has a great track record in the court system; if you can handle a lot of horn tooting, you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bugliosi is thorough. Interesting how a woman seemingly with so much going for her is so naive in choosing men.
ireed110 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Among the lessons learned from this one: 1. Your lazy slacker boyfriend really is no good.2. Trust the old sailors, they know what they're talking about.3. Listen to your gut.4. Be prepared.5. You can't hide from the long arm of the law.6. Don't be stupid.7. You get what you pay for.8. Paradise ain't.I really enjoyed this book, and still think of it years after reading it.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is something about Vincent Bugliosi's writing that always brings me back. Along the same lines as Helter Skelter, Bugliosi uses his knowledge of true crime to spin a web of horror. Going to the Caribbean will never be quite the same again!
terbby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps the best of Bugliosi's books, a masterpiece of the true crime genre. Bugliosi excels at blending the facts of the murders with descriptions of the legal prosecutions that follow. The legal element is fascinating and useful for the lawyer engaged in navigating the courts; but the crime facts are what compels the general reader. We feel the terror and helplessness of the victims especially in this case as they encounter a predatory couple they are without resources to defend against. Unlike most of Bugliosi's books, in this one he is the defense attorney and this role offers a unique perspective and something of a moral quandry for the career prosecutor who professes only to defend those accused when he personally believes in their innocence. The question is fairly presented in the book: is Bugliosi's client (the female partner in crime) truly innocent? The ambiguity adds an element of additional interest to the usual format of the true crime book where we know who is guilty from the get go.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two couples, both seeking solitude on a deserted Pacific Island, arrive at Palmyra Island in close succession. Only one couple survives to tell the story. Fugitive Buck Walker (using alias Roy Allen) and his girlfriend, Jennifer Jenkins, intend to live off the land out of reach of the authorities who are on the lookout for Buck. Avid sailor Mac Graham and his reluctant wife, Muff, aim to spend a year on their well-stocked, well-equipped boat. When Buck and Jennifer are discovered in Hawaii on the Graham's boat with no sign of the Grahams, the pair are tried for theft. Several years later, human remains are discovered on Palmyra Island and Buck and Jennifer are tried for murder.Much like TV's Matlock, defense attorney Vincent Bugliosi, a former prosecutor, accepts cases only when he believes his client is innocent of the crime(s) with which they have been charged. After hearing Jennifer's story, Bugliosi believes she is innocent of murder. Bugliosi and co-counsel Len Weinglass take on her defense.The book reveals what I've always suspected about Gilligan's Island. This remote Pacific island is no paradise. There is a sinister aspect to the island itself. The tension builds as other visitors to Palmyra come and go until only two couples are left. The suspense is sustained throughout the trials, first of Buck Walker, then of Jennifer Jenkins. The most appealing aspect of the book for me is the inside look at Bugliosi's legal strategy. Bugliosi starts with his summation and works backwards. He researches the background of every witness statement and piece of evidence. He scripts examinations, cross examinations, and motions. He anticipates what the prosecution will do and stays a step ahead of them. It's a fascinating look at the inner workings of the legal system.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Bugliosi's work, and this is one of my favorites. It's a tale of travel and romance, murder and mystery, which also offers informative explanations of legal jargon and processes. Though the book is almost always better, I wish I had seen this t.v. movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in years. It hold your attention and is a true crime mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific from beginning to end.
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