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Thomas H. Cook

Author of The Chatham School Affair

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Includes the names: Thomas H Cook, Cook Thomas H.

Also includes: Thomas Cook (10)


Works by Thomas H. Cook

The Chatham School Affair (1996) 578 copies
Red Leaves (2007) 474 copies
Instruments of Night (1998) 244 copies
Breakheart Hill (1995) 243 copies
The Cloud of Unknowing (1980) 223 copies
Taken (2002) 216 copies
Places in the Dark (2000) 204 copies
The Fate of Katherine Carr (2009) 204 copies
Master of the Delta (2008) 200 copies
The Interrogation (2002) 179 copies
Evidence of Blood (1991) 171 copies
Sandrine's Case (2013) 152 copies
The Last Talk with Lola Faye (2010) 149 copies
Into the Web (2004) 137 copies
The Crime of Julian Wells (2012) 131 copies
Mortal Memory (1993) 130 copies
The Best American Crime Writing 2005 (2005) — Series Editor — 113 copies
The Quest for Anna Klein (2011) 107 copies
Sacrificial Ground (1988) 86 copies
Peril (2004) 75 copies
Flesh and Blood (1989) 70 copies
Streets of Fire (1989) 68 copies
Night Secrets (1990) 58 copies
The Best American Crime Reporting 2010 (2011) — Editor — 57 copies
The City When It Rains (1991) 53 copies
A Dancer in the Dust (2014) 48 copies
Blood Innocents (1980) 42 copies
Early Graves (1990) 39 copies
What’s in a Name? (2014) 25 copies
The Orchids (1982) 24 copies
Tabernacle (1983) 23 copies
Moon Over Manhattan (2003) 22 copies
Elena (1986) 16 copies
Fatherhood 3 copies
Mémoire assassine (2014) 2 copies
Hirmu tööriist (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

No Rest for the Dead: A Serial Novel (2011) — Contributor — 400 copies
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Contributor — 347 copies
Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop (2010) — Contributor — 235 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 154 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 154 copies
Dangerous Women (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
Manhattan Noir (2006) — Contributor — 107 copies
The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 (2009) — Series editor — 75 copies
Murder for Revenge (1998) — Contributor — 70 copies
Carols and Crimes, Gifts and Grifters (2007) — Contributor — 5 copies


Common Knowledge

Fort Payne, Alabama, USA
Places of residence
Harwich, Massachusetts, USA
Columbia University



Not my usual kind of book. Pretty good.
richvalle | 6 other reviews | Jul 11, 2021 |
Would make a fun and immersive summer beach read if not for all the casual misogyny...really too bad because the WWII to Roswell interconnected stories are clever.
sparemethecensor | 1 other review | Jun 12, 2021 |
Reading this novel was very much like watching an Indie film. The entire novel takes place in a hotel bar where Lucas (a self-proclaimed boring history book writer) and Lola Faye (his father's former mistress) meet and discuss old times.

As you can imagine, they're not reminiscing about "the good old days". As the conversation unfolds, there are quite a few flash backs where Luke remembers his childhood, his parents, and his burning desire to go to Harvard and become a famous writer. Luke also has some secrets that he's never told anyone and Lola Faye seems like she might be able to guess them.

I was intrigued enough to keep reading. Just why is Lola Faye acting like this and saying these things? What are Luke's secrets? What really happened to cause his father's murder?

I didn't feel Lola Faye's conversation seemed true to life, though. Most of the novel involved Lola Faye saying something sincerely, then saying something with a hard edge, then saying something light and fluffy, then back to another penetrating glance and harder edge. We went back and forth with Lola Faye's strange moods and strange sayings for the entire book.

And the ending? The final epilogue chapter? A bit confusing to me.
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Chica3000 | 7 other reviews | Dec 11, 2020 |
I was listening to an audio version of this book but I really enjoyed it. I recently discovered Thomas H. Cook and am working my way through his works that are available on audio and have yet to be disappointed. I enjoy his style of writing, his endings are always a surprise and rarely a stretch. Now I am on to The Interrogation! :-)
alizarin | 1 other review | Nov 11, 2020 |



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