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Thomas H. Cook - Author

About the Author

Thomas H. Cook won an Edgar award for his novel The Chatham School Affair and has been shortlisted for the award six times, most recently with Red Leaves, which was also shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Gold Dagger award. Cook lives with his family in Cape Cod and New York City.

Featured books by Thomas H. Cook

Sandrine

Sandrine

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

How did Sandrine die? There was no forced entry. She had been gradually stockpiling prescription drugs. A lethal quantity of Demerol was found in her blood. But did the beautiful, luminous Sandrine Madison really take her own life? The District Attorny doesn't think so. Neither does the local newspaper. And so Sandrine's husband must now face a town convinced of his guilt and a daughter whose faith in her father has been shaken to its core. But, as he stands in the dock, Samuel Madison must confront yet more searing questions: Who was Sandrine? Why did she die? And why - how? - is she making him fall in love with her all over again? A psychological thriller from a true master, SANDRINE will hold you in its spell until its unexpected end.

The Crime of Julian Wells

The Crime of Julian Wells

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Julian Wells was a writer of dark non-fiction works that detailed some of the worst crimes of the 20th Century. Was it this exploration of man's inhumanity to man that caused him to take his own life? When his body is found in a boat drifting in a pond in Montauk, New York, his best friend, the literary critic Philip Anders, begins to reread his work in order to prepare a eulogy. This rereading, along with other clues, convinces the critic that his friend has committed a terrible crime, and that it was as punishment for this crime that Wells took his own life. Anders' investigation sparks an obsession with unravelling the mystery of the man he thought he knew. His journey towards understanding leads him from Paris to Budapest, spans four decades, and takes him deeper and deeper in to the heart of darkness that was Julian Wells...

Other books by Thomas H. Cook

The City When it Rains

The City When it Rains

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2015

A Dancer In The Dust

A Dancer In The Dust

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

A story of guilt, murder and politics set in Africa and New York from the acknowledged master of psychological suspense. Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell was an idealistic aid worker in Africa. He fell in love there with Martine, a local farmer, who tried to make Ray see that all actions have consequences. But he couldn't, not until it was too late... When a friend from his time in Africa is found dead in a New York alley, Ray is forced to return to a past he's spent a lifetime trying to forget...

Das Buch ohne Geschichte

Das Buch ohne Geschichte

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

Was ware gewesen, wenn? Funfzig Jahre nach Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs, den Zweiten hat es nie gegeben, sieht sich der 75-jahrige bibliophile Buchsammler Franklin Altman, ein osterreichischer Emigrant in New York, plotzlich einem Schulkameraden aus der Realschule in Linz gegenuber. Der Alte wirkt ziemlich heruntergekommen und seine rechte Hand zeigt alle Anzeichen einer Parkinson-Schuttellahmung. Er hat ein dickes, in Packpapier eingewickeltes Manuskript dabei, das er Altman uberlasst und in dem er seine Lehren aus der Geschichte festgehalten hat. Dem Sammler kommt es vor wie aus der Zeit gefallen. Und das ist auch besser so ... In den Storys der Reihe "e;Bibliomysteries"e; geht es immer um Kriminalflle, die im Zusammenhang mit Bchern stehen: mit alten Bchern, seltenen Manuskripten, unschtzbaren Stcken. Und natrlich geht es auch um diejenigen, die sie unbedingt haben wollen: Buchhndler, exzentrische Sammler, Bibliothekare, Buchliebhaber - oder einfach: Leser.

A Dancer In The Dust

A Dancer In The Dust

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2014

A story of guilt, murder and politics set in Africa and New York from the acknowledged master of psychological suspense. Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell was an idealistic aid worker in the newly independent African state of Lubanda. He fell in love there with Martine, a native white Lubandan. Martine tried to make Ray see that all actions have consequences, but he couldn't, not until it was too late... When a friend from his time in Africa is found dead in a New York alley, Ray is forced to return to Lubanda and to a past he's spent a lifetime trying to forget...

A Dancer in the Dust

A Dancer in the Dust

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

A story of guilt, murder and politics set in Africa and New York from the acknowledged master of psychological suspense. Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell was an idealistic aid worker in the newly independent African state of Lubanda. He fell in love there with Martine, a native white Lubandan. Martine tried to make Ray see that all actions have consequences, but he couldn't, not until it was too late... When a friend from his time in Africa is found dead in a New York alley, Ray is forced to return to Lubanda and to a past he's spent a lifetime trying to forget...

Breakheart Hill

Breakheart Hill

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2014

'This is the darkest story that I ever heard and all my life I have laboured not to tell it...' There is no love like your first love, and Ben Wade's love for Kelli Troy should have lasted a lifetime. But then her battered body was found on Breakheart Hill. Three decades later, and the small town of Choctaw, Alabama is still living with the aftermath of that day's shattering violence. Ben, in particular, has never been able to move on. Because he is the only one who knows exactly what happened that summer long ago.

Chatham School Affair

Chatham School Affair

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2014

An Edgar Award-winning novel. As he draws up his will, Attorney Henry Griswald is haunted by a long-buried secret: the truth behind the event the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, a controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever scarred the young boy. Layer by layer, Cook paints a portrait of a woman, a school, and a town in which passionate violence seems impossible... and inevitable.

What's In A Name

What's In A Name

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A rare book collector finds a manuscript that might have changed the course of WWI.On the evening of November 11th, 1968, antiquarian book collector Francis Altman is giving a talk in honor of the anniversary of the Armistice Treaty. But his lecture takes a dark turn upon the haunting arrival of a classmate from his past. As the two men discuss their lives they realise that they are two sides of the same coin: both born and raised in Germany, but whereas Altman's role in the war elevated his position, his comrade's life was destroyed on the faceless, mechanized battlefields. This strange encounter leaves Altman in possession of the man's personal manuscript, his mysterious 'life's work,' whose contents could have changed the course of history...

Orchids

Orchids

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

As the world closes in around them, two Nazis hide out in a tropical paradise. The servants sense something strange about the two old men. They are not sure what business Dr. Langhof and Dr. Ludtz have in El Caliz, but they are certain that whatever they do in their colonial mansion is the work of the devil. Although they do not know the specifics of the two men's crimes, the servants are right to suspect something sinister. The men are Nazis, fugitives from international law who fled to this South American haven in the chaotic days after World War II. Langhof brought with him a cache of stolen diamonds, with which he bought their safety from the small nation's corrupt president. He passes his days cultivating a stunning greenhouse full of orchids, and meditating on the evil acts that fill his past. For now they are safe, but fate has many ways of dealing out justice.

Early Graves

Early Graves

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A gut-wrenching true-crime account of a couple on a twisted killing spree in the American South. Evil has a way of finding itself. How else could you explain the bond between Alvin and Judith Ann Neelley, who consecrated their marriage in blood? Before the killings started, they restricted themselves to simple mischief: prank calls, vandalism, firing guns at strangers' houses. Gradually their ambition grew, until one day at the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia, they spotted Lisa Ann Millican. Three days after Lisa Ann disappeared, the thirteen-year-old girl was found shot and pumped full of liquid drain cleaner. In between her abduction and her death, she was subjected to innumerable horrors. And she was only the first to die. Drawing on police records and extensive interviews, Thomas H. Cook recounts the story of Judith Ann Neelley, who at nineteen became the youngest woman ever sentenced to death row

Elena

Elena

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A brother recalls the magnificent life of his sister, the greatest writer of her age. A launch party is underway for a hotly anticipated biography, the life story of Elena Franklin. As a young woman, Elena was one of the most promising literary talents of the 1920s, and over the years her legend grew. Her biographer, Martha Farrell, has combed through all the evidence of Elena's genius and passion, from her early years in New York to her expatriate life in Paris. The result is a monumental work -- but among the party's crowd is the man who knows the book is an empty shell. Only William, Elena's brother, knew the truth about the famed author. Martha's flawed biography spurs his memory, and he recalls how the temperamental baby grew into a legend. He knew Elena's hidden pain, shared their family secrets, and draws his own portrait of the troubled soul that lay behind her artistic gifts.

Blood Echoes

Blood Echoes

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A true-crime account of a vicious massacre and the legal battles that followed. It was not a clever killing. On May 5, 1973, three men escaped from a Maryland prison and disappeared. Joined by a fifteen-year-old brother, they surfaced in Georgia, where they were spotted joyriding in a stolen car. Within a week, the four young men were arrested on suspicion of committing one of the most horrific murders in American history. Jerry Alday and his family were eating Sunday dinner when death burst through the door of their cozy little trailer. Their six bodies are only the beginning of Thomas H. Cook's retelling of this gruesome story; the horrors continued in the courtroom. Based on court documents, police records, and interviews with the surviving family members, this is a chilling look at the evil that can lurk just around the corner.

Mortal Memory

Mortal Memory

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A withdrawn architect revisits the darkest moment of his childhood. Steve Farris was nine years old in 1959, the youngest child in a family that was about to be snuffed out. Around four o'clock on an ordinary November afternoon, Steve's father loaded his shotgun. With calm precision he killed his teenaged son and daughter, and then turned the weapon on his wife. For two hours he waited for his youngest son to come home from school. When Steve did not appear, his father drove away, disappearing for good. Now a successful architect, Farris has spent his life avoiding the memories of that dark day. But questions from an author writing a book about the crime bring back impressions from the days leading up to the killing. For the first time he must confront his awful past, and the terrifying possibility that his father had a reason for what he did.

City When It Rains

City When It Rains

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A photographer struggles to understand a stranger's suicide. There's nothing special about the woman's death. It comes over the police radio like any other sad story: a woman found on the sidewalk, killed after plunging from her apartment. But something about the gruesome scene grabs David Corman's attention. A freelance photographer with a defunct marriage and a career on the skids, he fixates on this mysterious death. Though near starvation, the woman had been buying formula to feed to a baby doll. Before she leapt, she tossed the plastic child out the window. David photographs the dead woman and her pretend child; although he's jaded, the strange scene stirs his compassion, and he begins researching her past. He's convinced that his job has shown him the worst the city has to offer. But learning the truth behind this futile suicide will teach David that New York is even uglier than he imagined.

Blood Innocents

Blood Innocents

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

In Thomas H. Cook's first novel, a weary detective tracks a blood-crazed psychopath. Blood seeps into the gutters at the children's zoo in Central Park. Two deer have been slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other slashed across the neck. Normally it would be a case for the Parks Department, but these are no ordinary deer. The pride of the small menagerie, they were given to the zoo by a prominent socialite who cannot afford bloody headlines. The NYPD hands the case to Detective Reardon, star of the homicide squad. A recent widower at fifty-six, Reardon has seen too many human victims to care much about the two butchered animals. He resents being taken off other pressing cases for the sake of politics, but soon another killing snaps him to attention. Two women are found dead in their apartment, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other with her throat cut. Surely this vicious parallel isn't a coincidence...

Streets of Fire

Streets of Fire

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

At the height of the Civil Rights movement, a young girl's murder stirs racial. tensions in Birmingham, Alabama. The grave on the football field is shallow, and easy to spot from a distance. It would have been found sooner, had most of the residents in the black half of Birmingham not been downtown, marching, singing, and being arrested alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Police detective Ben Wellman is among them when he gets the call about the fresh grave. Under the loosely packed dirt, he finds a young black girl, her innocence taken and her life along with it. His sergeant orders Wellman to investigate, but instructs him not to try too hard. In the summer of 1963, Birmingham is tense enough without a manhunt for the killers of a black child. Wellman digs for the truth in spite of skepticism from the black community and scorn from his fellow officers. What he finds is a secret that men from both sides of town would prefer stayed buried.

Sacrificial Ground

Sacrificial Ground

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A troubled cop obsessively searches for a young girl's killer. The young girl lies in a ditch without a scratch on her -- a white high school student stretched out dead in the black part of Atlanta. She was a rich girl from a cold family, too genteel for the neighborhood where she died, and only the baby in her belly suggests how she might have gotten there. For Detective Frank Clemons, the scene is far too familiar. Too close to how it was when he found his own daughter, dead in the woods by her own hand, her youthful beauty cruelly ravaged by depression. Her suicide ended his marriage and sent him on a downward spiral that has nearly claimed his own life. To hang on to sanity, he must do everything he can to find justice for the dead.

Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Now living in New York, ex-cop Frank Clemons investigates a brutal slashing. The sleek high-rises of Park Avenue make Frank Clemons uneasy. The former Atlanta homicide detective came to New York after a sickening murder case soured him on the South, but despite the glitz of his new surroundings and the beauty of the woman he shares them with, the city makes his skin crawl. Now a private eye, he is only at ease in the city's darker corners, among the whores, gamblers, and pimps who call Eighth Avenue home. That affinity for the isolated is what draws him to Hannah Karlsberg, an elderly seamstress who deserved a better death than she got. Hannah's employer asks Clemons to find the victim's next of kin, so the police can release the body for burial. As he learns about the dead woman's past, which stretches back to the Lower East Side of the 1930s, Clemons becomes obsessed with unearthing the decades-old secret that led to her death.

Night Secrets

Night Secrets

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Frank Clemons, an ex-cop turned private detective, faces a pair of perplexing cases on the mean streets of New York City. The first case is simple. A wealthy man's wife has grown distant, and he asks Frank Clemons, a private eye hardened by his past work on Atlanta's homicide beat, to find out why. There are a number of simple reasons why a young woman might withdraw from her older husband, but the spurned spouse rejects them all. Her jewelry is disappearing, but he insists that she doesn't have trouble with blackmail, drugs, or gambling. The answer must be more complex, and he begs Frank to find out what it is. Meanwhile, an old woman familiar to Frank from his nights haunting Tenth Avenue has been murdered, and a gypsy priestess claims that she killed her. But Frank is unconvinced, and unearthing these women's secrets will force him deep into the dark side of a city that he still cannot call home.

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 22/04/2014

Five decades after war's end, a rare-books dealer receives a strange visitorThe guns went silent on November 11, 1918, never to fire again. Throughout the 1920s, unrest seethed across Europe, and Fascists battled Communists in the streets of Berlin, but democracy won out. For years, peace has prevailed around the world. But there is a part of Franklin Altman that misses the war.A rare-books dealer living in New York City, Altman has devoted his life to studying the history of the Weimar Republic, when all of Europe hung in the balance and it seemed it would take but a single spark to set the world ablaze. Why did that spark never come?Altman is musing on these questions one evening when a man comes into his shop. An aged German veteran with a limp and the faint shakes of Parkinson's, he is about to teach Altman that in history, the devil is in the details.

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 22/04/2014

Five decades after war's end, a rare-books dealer receives a strange visitorThe guns went silent on November 11, 1918, never to fire again. Throughout the 1920s, unrest seethed across Europe, and Fascists battled Communists in the streets of Berlin, but democracy won out. For years, peace has prevailed around the world. But there is a part of Franklin Altman that misses the war.A rare-books dealer living in New York City, Altman has devoted his life to studying the history of the Weimar Republic, when all of Europe hung in the balance and it seemed it would take but a single spark to set the world ablaze. Why did that spark never come?Altman is musing on these questions one evening when a man comes into his shop. An aged German veteran with a limp and the faint shakes of Parkinson's, he is about to teach Altman that in history, the devil is in the details.

Sandrine

Sandrine

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

How did Sandrine die? There was no forced entry. She had been gradually stockpiling prescription drugs. A lethal quantity of Demerol was found in her blood. But did the beautiful, luminous Sandrine Madison really take her own life? The District Attorny doesn't think so. Neither does the local newspaper. And so Sandrine's husband must now face a town convinced of his guilt and a daughter whose faith in her father has been shaken to its core. But, as he stands in the dock, Samuel Madison must confront yet more searing questions: Who was Sandrine? Why did she die? And why - how? - is she making him fall in love with her all over again? A psychological thriller from a true master, SANDRINE will hold you in its spell until its unexpected end.

Sandrine

Sandrine

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

How did Sandrine die? There was no forced entry. She had been gradually stockpiling prescription drugs. A lethal quantity of Demerol was found in her blood. But did the beautiful, luminous Sandrine Madison really take her own life? The District Attorny doesn't think so. Neither does the local newspaper. And so Sandrine's husband must now face a town convinced of his guilt and a daughter whose faith in her father has been shaken to its core. But, as he stands in the dock, Samuel Madison must confront yet more searing questions: Who was Sandrine? Why did she die? And why - how? - is she making him fall in love with her all over again? A psychological thriller from a true master, SANDRINE will hold you in its spell until its unexpected end.

Sandrine

Sandrine

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

How did Sandrine die? There was no forced entry. She had been gradually stockpiling prescription drugs. A lethal quantity of Demerol was found in her blood. But did the beautiful, luminous Sandrine Madison really take her own life? The District Attorny doesn't think so. Neither does the local newspaper. And so Sandrine's husband must now face a town convinced of his guilt and a daughter whose faith in her father has been shaken to its core. But, as he stands in the dock, Samuel Madison must confront yet more searing questions: Who was Sandrine? Why did she die? And why - how? - is she making him fall in love with her all over again? A psychological thriller from a true master, SANDRINE will hold you in its spell until its unexpected end.

Fatherhood

Fatherhood

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2013

Lyrical, suspenseful short fiction from an Edgar Awardwinning author: ';Thomas Cook has long been one of my favorite writers' (Harlan Coben).Over his acclaimed career, Cook's novels have haunted, riveted, and spellbound readers across the world, and his short stories are equally acclaimed. They range from the intensely focused world of ';Fatherhood,' the Herodotus Awardwinning title story, to the Edgar-nominated ';Rain,' a dark, kaleidoscopic tale of Manhattan on a single, rain-swept night. ';The Fix,' the story of a famous boxing fix that was, well, not a fix at all, was selected for inclusion in Best Mystery Stories of the Year. ';What She Offered,' the gripping tale of a one-night stand, was included in the Best Noir Stories of the Century.Like Cook's novels, the range of this collection is, itself, astonishing. From a backwoods Appalachian shack during the Depression (';Poor People') to a Midwestern college campus in the throes of sixties revolt (';The Sun-Gazer') to a midtown Manhattan bookstore on Christmas Eve (';The Lessons of the Season'), this collection demonstrates precisely that, in the words of Michael Connolly, ';no one tells a story better than Thomas H. Cook.'

Fatherhood

Fatherhood

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2013

Lyrical, suspenseful short fiction from an Edgar Awardwinning author: ';Thomas Cook has long been one of my favorite writers' (Harlan Coben).Over his acclaimed career, Cook's novels have haunted, riveted, and spellbound readers across the world, and his short stories are equally acclaimed. They range from the intensely focused world of ';Fatherhood,' the Herodotus Awardwinning title story, to the Edgar-nominated ';Rain,' a dark, kaleidoscopic tale of Manhattan on a single, rain-swept night. ';The Fix,' the story of a famous boxing fix that was, well, not a fix at all, was selected for inclusion in Best Mystery Stories of the Year. ';What She Offered,' the gripping tale of a one-night stand, was included in the Best Noir Stories of the Century.Like Cook's novels, the range of this collection is, itself, astonishing. From a backwoods Appalachian shack during the Depression (';Poor People') to a Midwestern college campus in the throes of sixties revolt (';The Sun-Gazer') to a midtown Manhattan bookstore on Christmas Eve (';The Lessons of the Season'), this collection demonstrates precisely that, in the words of Michael Connolly, ';no one tells a story better than Thomas H. Cook.'

The Crime of Julian Wells

The Crime of Julian Wells

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Haunted by the suicide of his friend, the true crime writer Julian Wells, Philip Anders starts to reread his books. And in their pages, he starts to glimpse a darkness that might drive a man to suicide. In an effort to understand Julian's death, Anders travels to Paris, revisiting the places that Julian used as the research and settings for his books. But even as he embarks on this personal quest, Anders is plagued by the memory of a woman the two men once knew. And he comes to wonder if her disappearance, long ago, may be the crime that drove his friend to take his own life...

Fatherhood And Other Stories

Fatherhood And Other Stories

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Fatherhood, and Other Stories

Fatherhood, and Other Stories

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2013

Blood Innocents

Blood Innocents

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

In Thomas H. Cook's Edgar Award-nominated first novel, a weary detective tracks a blood-crazed psychopath Blood seeps into the gutters at the children's zoo in Central Park. Two deer have been slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other slashed across the neck. Normally it would be a case for the Parks Department, but these are no ordinary deer. The pride of the small menagerie, they were given to the zoo by a prominent socialite who cannot afford bloody headlines. The NYPD hands the case to Detective Reardon, star of the homicide squad. A recent widower at fifty-six, Reardon has seen too many human victims to care much about the two butchered animals. He resents being taken off other pressing cases for the sake of politics, but soon another killing snaps him to attention. Two women are found dead in their apartment, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other with her throat cut. Surely this vicious parallel isn't a coincidence....

The Crime of Julian Wells

The Crime of Julian Wells

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Julian Wells was a writer of dark non-fiction works that detailed some of the worst crimes of the 20th Century. Was it this exploration of man's inhumanity to man that caused him to take his own life? When his body is found in a boat drifting in a pond in Montauk, New York, his best friend, the literary critic Philip Anders, begins to reread his work in order to prepare a eulogy. This rereading, along with other clues, convinces the critic that his friend has committed a terrible crime, and that it was as punishment for this crime that Wells took his own life. Anders' investigation sparks an obsession with unravelling the mystery of the man he thought he knew. His journey towards understanding leads him from Paris to Budapest, spans four decades, and takes him deeper and deeper in to the heart of darkness that was Julian Wells...

The Crime of Julian Wells

The Crime of Julian Wells

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Julian Wells was a writer of dark non-fiction works that detailed some of the worst crimes of the 20th Century. Was it this exploration of man's inhumanity to man that caused him to take his own life? When his body is found in a boat drifting in a pond in Montauk, New York, his best friend, the literary critic Philip Anders, begins to reread his work in order to prepare a eulogy. This rereading, along with other clues, convinces the critic that his friend has committed a terrible crime, and that it was as punishment for this crime that Wells took his own life. Anders' investigation sparks an obsession with unravelling the mystery of the man he thought he knew. His journey towards understanding leads him from Paris to Budapest, spans four decades, and takes him deeper and deeper in to the heart of darkness that was Julian Wells...

The Quest for Anna Klein

The Quest for Anna Klein

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One freezing night in 1939, Thomas Danforth accepts a mission that will change his life forever: travel to Nazi Germany as cover for an enigmatic female assassin, Anna Klein. Danforth is captivated by this beautiful, mysterious woman. But just as he starts to discover more about her, she disappears... Desperately searching for her through a Europe ravaged by war, Danforth becomes ensnared in a maelstrom of love and vengeance, of shifting loyalties and betrayals. His quest will span decades, implicate him in a world-wide conspiracy, and take him to the brink of madness. But he cannot shake the obsession that drives his every waking moment: Who is Anna Klein?

Blood Innocents

Blood Innocents

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

In Thomas H. Cook's first novel, a weary detective tracks a blood-crazed psychopathBlood seeps into the gutters at the children's zoo in Central Park. Two deer have been slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other slashed across the neck. Normally it would be a case for the Parks Department, but these are no ordinary deer. The pride of the small menagerie, they were given to the zoo by a prominent socialite who cannot afford bloody headlines. The NYPD hands the case to Detective Reardon, star of the homicide squad.A recent widower at fifty-six, Reardon has seen too many human victims to care much about the two butchered animals. He resents being taken off other pressing cases for the sake of politics, but soon another killing snaps him to attention. Two women are found dead in their apartment, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other with her throat cut. Surely this vicious parallel isn't a coincidence.

City When It Rains

City When It Rains

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

A photographer struggles to understand a stranger's suicideThere's nothing special about the woman's death. It comes over the police radio like any other sad story: a woman found on the sidewalk, killed after plunging from her apartment. But something about the gruesome scene grabs David Corman's attention. A freelance photographer with a defunct marriage and a career on the skids, he fixates on this mysterious death. Though near starvation, the woman had been buying formula to feed to a baby doll. Before she leapt, she tossed the plastic child out the window. David photographs the dead woman and her pretend child; although he's jaded, the strange scene stirs his compassion, and he begins researching her past. He's convinced that his job has shown him the worst the city has to offer. But learning the truth behind this futile suicide will teach David that New York is even uglier than he imagined.

Mortal Memory

Mortal Memory

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

A withdrawn architect revisits the darkest moment of his childhoodSteve Farris was nine years old in 1959, the youngest child in a family that was about to be snuffed out. Around four o'clock on an ordinary November afternoon, Steve's father loaded his shotgun. With calm precision he killed his teenaged son and daughter, and then turned the weapon on his wife. For two hours he waited for his youngest son to come home from school. When Steve did not appear, his father drove away, disappearing for good.Now a successful architect, Farris has spent his life avoiding the memories of that dark day. But questions from an author writing a book about the crime bring back impressions from the days leading up to the killing. For the first time he must confront his awful past, and the terrifying possibility that his father had a reason for what he did.

Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

Now living in New York, ex-cop Frank Clemons investigates a brutal slashingThe sleek high-rises of Park Avenue make Frank Clemons uneasy. The former Atlanta homicide detective came to New York after a sickening murder case soured him on the South, but despite the glitz of his new surroundings and the beauty of the woman he shares them with, the city makes his skin crawl. Now a private eye, he is only at ease in the city's darker corners, among the whores, gamblers, and pimps who call Eighth Avenue home. That affinity for the isolated is what draws him to Hannah Karlsberg, an elderly seamstress who deserved a better death than she got.Hannah's employer asks Clemons to find the victim's next of kin, so the police can release the body for burial. As he learns about the dead woman's past, which stretches back to the Lower East Side of the 1930s, Clemons becomes obsessed with unearthing the decades-old secret that led to her death.

Streets of Fire

Streets of Fire

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

At the height of the Civil Rights movement, a young girl's murder stirs racialtensions in Birmingham, AlabamaThe grave on the football field is shallow, and easy to spot from a distance. It would have been found sooner, had most of the residents in the black half of Birmingham not been downtown, marching, singing, and being arrested alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Police detective Ben Wellman is among them when he gets the call about the fresh grave. Under the loosely packed dirt, he finds a young black girl, her innocence taken and her life along with it. His sergeant orders Wellman to investigate, but instructs him not to try too hard. In the summer of 1963, Birmingham is tense enough without a manhunt for the killers of a black child. Wellman digs for the truth in spite of skepticism from the black community and scorn from his fellow officers. What he finds is a secret that men from both sides of town would prefer stayed buried.

Night Secrets

Night Secrets

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

Frank Clemons, an ex-cop turned private detective, faces a pair of perplexing cases on the mean streets of New York CityThe first case is simple. A wealthy man's wife has grown distant, and he asks Frank Clemons, a private eye hardened by his past work on Atlanta's homicide beat, to find out why. There are a number of simple reasons why a young woman might withdraw from her older husband, but the spurned spouse rejects them all. Her jewelry is disappearing, but he insists that she doesn't have trouble with blackmail, drugs, or gambling. The answer must be more complex, and he begs Frank to find out what it is.Meanwhile, an old woman familiar to Frank from his nights haunting Tenth Avenue has been murdered, and a gypsy priestess claims that she killed her. But Frank is unconvinced, and unearthing these women's secrets will force him deep into the dark side of a city that he still cannot call home.

Blood Echoes

Blood Echoes

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

A true-crime account of a vicious massacre and the legal battles that followedIt was not a clever killing. On May 5, 1973, three men escaped from a Maryland prison and disappeared. Joined by a fifteen-year-old brother, they surfaced in Georgia, where they were spotted joyriding in a stolen car. Within a week, the four young men were arrested on suspicion of committing one of the most horrific murders in American history. Jerry Alday and his family were eating Sunday dinner when death burst through the door of their cozy little trailer. Their six bodies are only the beginning of Thomas H. Cook's retelling of this gruesome story; the horrors continued in the courtroom. Based on court documents, police records, and interviews with the surviving family members, this is a chilling look at the evil that can lurk just around the corner.

Early Graves

Early Graves

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

A gut-wrenching true-crime account of a couple on a twisted killing spree in the American SouthEvil has a way of finding itself. How else could you explain the bond between Alvin and Judith Ann Neelley, who consecrated their marriage in blood? Before the killings started, they restricted themselves to simple mischief: prank calls, vandalism, firing guns at strangers' houses. Gradually their ambition grew, until one day at the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia, they spotted Lisa Ann Millican. Three days after Lisa Ann disappeared, the thirteen-year-old girl was found shot and pumped full of liquid drain cleaner. In between her abduction and her death, she was subjected to innumerable horrors. And she was only the first to die.Drawing on police records and extensive interviews, Thomas H. Cook recounts the story of Judith Ann Neelley, who at nineteen became the youngest woman ever sentenced to death row

Orchids

Orchids

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

As the world closes in around them, two Nazis hide out in a tropical paradiseThe servants sense something strange about the two old men. They are not sure what business Dr. Langhof and Dr. Ludtz have in El Caliz, but they are certain that whatever they do in their colonial mansion is the work of the devil. Although they do not know the specifics of the two men's crimes, the servants are right to suspect something sinister. The men are Nazis, fugitives from international law who fled to this South American haven in the chaotic days after World War II. Langhof brought with him a cache of stolen diamonds, with which he bought their safety from the small nation's corrupt president. He passes his days cultivating a stunning greenhouse full of orchids, and meditating on the evil acts that fill his past. For now they are safe, but fate has many ways of dealing out justice.

Sacrificial Ground

Sacrificial Ground

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

A troubled cop obsessively searches for a young girl's killerThe young girl lies in a ditch without a scratch on hera white high school student stretched out dead in the black part of Atlanta. She was a rich girl from a cold family, too genteel for the neighborhood where she died, and only the baby in her belly suggests how she might have gotten there. For Detective Frank Clemons, the scene is far too familiar. Too close to how it was when he found his own daughter, dead in the woods by her own hand, her youthful beauty cruelly ravaged by depression. Her suicide ended his marriage and sent him on a downward spiral that has nearly claimed his own life. To hang on to sanity, he must do everything he can to find justice for the dead.

Elena

Elena

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

A brother recalls the magnificent life of his sister, the greatest writer of her ageA launch party is underway for a hotly anticipated biography, the life story of Elena Franklin. As a young woman, Elena was one of the most promising literary talents of the 1920s, and over the years her legend grew. Her biographer, Martha Farrell, has combed through all the evidence of Elena's genius and passion, from her early years in New York to her expatriate life in Paris. The result is a monumental work but among the party's crowd is the man who knows the book is an empty shell.Only William, Elena's brother, knew the truth about the famed author. Martha's flawed biography spurs his memory, and he recalls how the temperamental baby grew into a legend. He knew Elena's hidden pain, shared their family secrets, and draws his own portrait of the troubled soul that lay behind her artistic gifts.

Trugbild

Trugbild

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2009

Ein Meisterwerk des subtilen SchreckensAls der kleine Jason im Teich hinter dem Haus ertrinkt, kann seine Mutter Diana es nicht verwinden. Sie beschuldigt ihren Mann, den eigenen Sohn ermordet zu haben, und verhlt sich immer manischer. Gleitet auch sie, wie zuvor schon ihr Vater, in den Wahnsinn ab? Dianas Bruder David, der immer im Schatten seiner Schwester gestanden hat, frchtet schon bald um die Unversehrtheit seiner eigenen Familie Trugbild von Thomas H. Cook: Spannung pur im eBook!

Peril

Peril

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2005

Tabernacle

Tabernacle

Author: Thomas H. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 21/10/1983

He kills according to the will of God. He believes in the mission that God has made manifest to him: to restore the sanctity of the Mormon Church. The means to this purification will be multiple murder. The streets of Salt Lake City run straight and clean. The Mormons, God's chosen people on Earth, are upright and moral. Nestled between the Great Salt Lake and the Blue Mountains, the Mormons have built up a City of God, dedicated to God and to the faith that His revealed Word will prevail. But among the citizens of Salt Lake there is one man not content to rest on faith, one man who is moved to act on it. And he acts without qualm or question or mercy. Against this killer stands Detective Tom Jackson of the Salt Lake police. Jackson, originally a New York City cop, is an outsider in a city of insiders, a man searching for his lost ideals as well as for an insane killer. He must cut through official ineptitude, blindness, and cover-up to get to the shattering truth at the center of the Tabernacle, at the dark heart of the Mormon faith.

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