Books by Thomas H. Cook

Thomas H. Cook is the author of nineteen novels and two works of nonfiction. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award six times in four different categories, most recently for Best Novel for Red Leaves. His novel The Chatham School Affair won t


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Insightful, sometimes shocking, and often disheartening."
A trip through "some of the saddest places on earth" that the author describes as "less sad than revelatory and appreciative." Read full book review >
A DANCER IN THE DUST by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Cook masterfully captures the tumultuous state of a country in upheaval; it's a shame the story doesn't match the richness of the setting.
"
A man wrestles with demons from his past in Cook's introspective if at times overly drawn-out novel. Read full book review >
SANDRINE'S CASE by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A marvelous tale of human nature."
A psychological courtroom thriller from Cook (The Crime of Julian Wells, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
FATHERHOOD by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2013

"Probably won't make you smile, but it will certainly grab and hold your attention."
A collection of 11 short stories, each one dark, crisp and satisfying. Read full book review >
THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS by Thomas H. Cook
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"This sprawling update of Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios lacks the baleful focus of its model, or of the most successful of Cook's own nightmare excavations of the past. Wait till next year."
Cook's 27th dip into his fictional characters' troubled past asks why an expatriate writer took his own life. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR ANNA KLEIN by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 2011

"A knight errant, a labyrinth of deceit, a sure bestseller."
Edgar-nominee Cook (The Last Talk with Lola Faye, 2010, etc.) plays the spy game in this mystery adventure. Read full book review >
THE LAST TALK WITH LOLA FAYE by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2010

"An improbable tale slow to gather momentum, but darkly powerful in the end—a welcome recovery from the obscurantism of The Fate of Katherine Carr (2009)."
Another of Cook's retrospective strolls down Murder Lane begins with an apparently chance encounter at a typically dreary book signing. Read full book review >
THE FATE OF KATHERINE CARR by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2009

"The climax manages to be sobering and satisfying without tying up all the loose ends of Cook's most obscure puzzler."
The disappearance of a young writer over a decade ago is only the tip of the iceberg in this cobwebby 22nd thriller from Cook (Master of the Delta, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
MASTER OF THE DELTA by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Cook, normally the master of the retrospective thriller (The Cloud of Unknowing, 2007, etc.), offers a case whose lack of tragic inevitability is only heightened by his insistence on heavy-handed Had-I-But-Known foreshadowing."
A high-school teacher's course on evil through the ages bears unexpected present-day fruit. Read full book review >
THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"No visit to Cook's dark landscapes is without its rewards, but even fans may find too many cobwebs and too few thrills this time."
Beneath the apt title, which would have served equally well for half a dozen of Cook's previous thrillers, is a portrait of a family torn asunder by madness, death and suspicions of foul play. Read full book review >
PERIL by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"A fluent, suspenseful, synthetic yarn, this time without the staying power of Cook's more characteristic descents into the dark past (The Interrogation, 2002, etc.)."
A runaway wife is pursued by half a dozen men whose violently conflicting agendas will put them in just as much danger as she is. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN CRIME WRITING by Otto Penzler
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"Entertaining and edifying essays keep the reader mindful of the thin lines separating illicit temptation from criminal savagery."
Promising debut for a new annual anthology, with 17 selections bearing out the editors' contention that "crime, being human, runs along a continuum that steadily darkens." Read full book review >
THE INTERROGATION by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 26, 2002

"The irresistible premise guarantees a story that's slicker and faster-moving than The Chatham School Affair (1997) and Instruments of Night (1998)—and if it doesn't achieve quite the psychological intensity of Cook's last pair of novels, well, what does?"
Englishtown, USA, 1952. Read full book review >
PLACES IN THE DARK by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2000

"Even so, Harris keeps his tale rushing toward its climax with all the doomy energy of its opening image: a swift-moving current pulling a helpless child toward rapids, a waterfall, and a watery grave."
Thirty-seven days after his brother Billy is stabbed to death, Cal Chase, maddened by the lack of police progress on the case, begins making his own inquiries about the woman Billy loved, the suspect who vanished the night of his murder. Read full book review >
THE CHATHAM SCHOOL AFFAIR by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Though Cook's story this time is less rich and resonant than Breakheart Hill (1995), reading it is like watching another avalanche in agonizing, exquisite slow-motion."
From a celestial-seeming distance, Henry Griswald looks back on 192627, the year disaster overtook the Chatham School, where his mild, proper father served as headmaster until the events precipitated by the fatal arrival of art teacher Elizabeth Channing and English teacher Leland Reed. Read full book review >
BREAKHEART HILL by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"Cook (Mortal Memory, 1993, etc.) uses the what-will-have- happened structure of Barbara Vine's thrillers to produce something finer and more delicate, with an altogether less insistent narrative pull."
Choctaw, Alabama, May 1962. Read full book review >
MORTAL MEMORY by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1993

"Cook (The City When it Rains, Evidence of Blood, etc.), often given to literary theatrics, here displays an impressive narrative simplicity and a therapist's insightfulness, producing a finely crafted psychological crime-fare."
On November 19, 1959, William Patrick Farris, age 44, picked up a rifle, walked into his surly son Jamie's room and shot him, walked down the corridor and killed his much-loved daughter Laura, a pretty teenager, then tracked his wife Dottie as she ran frantically from room to room and murdered her as she cowered in the basement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 16, 1992

"An immensely involving work that shifts from the repellent to the heartwarming and back and asks important questions about the clash between criminals' and victims' rights. (Eight page photo insert—not seen.)"
Alternately horrifying and deeply moving, this fast-paced true-crime report by Cook (Early Graves, The City When It Rains- -both 1990, etc.) focuses on the murder of six members of the Alday family of rural Seminole County, Georgia, on May 14, 1973. Read full book review >
EVIDENCE OF BLOOD by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"One of the better Cooks to date."
Lush-languaged Cook (Sacrificial Ground, Blood Innocents), in a pared-down mode. Read full book review >
THE CITY WHEN IT RAINS by Thomas H. Cook
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

Scaled down Cook (Night Secrets, p. 610, etc.)—less verbiage/fewer plot intricacies—in which free-lance photographer David Corman snaps a suicide (a woman jumping to her death from a fifth-floor window) and wonders whether there's a book in it: the emaciated woman had sold her blood to buy Similac to feed her doll. Read full book review >