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Thomas H. Cook

Thomas H. Cook was born in Alabama in 1947 and was raised in the south. He graduated from Georgia State University in 1969 and attended Hunter College and Columbia, in New York City, where he attained graduate degrees. Cook lives in New York City and Cape Cod.

What he writes: Cook is highly acclaimed for his well-crafted suspense mysteries, police procedurals, and true-crime non-fiction. His novels are popular for their masterful storytelling and often focus on the memories and psychological foibles of his expertly rendered characters. Many of his novels take place in rural locations and small towns in the south, with which the author is intimately familiar. Others stories depict with great precision the urban environment where Cook now lives. The author acknowledged that setting is an integral part of his novels. In a Mystery Guild interview regarding Places in the Dark, he says, “For me, time and place are never calculated as things separate from the story. I set the story in a particular place and time at the moment I begin to imagine it….”


List of works

  Blood Innocents (1980)
  The Orchids (1982)
  Tabernacle (1983)
  Elena (1986)
  Sacrificial Ground (Frank Clemmons series 1) (1988)
  Flesh and Blood (Frank Clemmons series 2) (1989)
  Streets of Fire (1989)
  Night Secrets (Frank Clemmons series 3) (1990) -- cassette
  The City When It Rains (1991)
  Evidence of Blood (1991)
  Mortal Memory (1993)
  Breakheart Hill (1995) -- cassette
  The Chatham School Affair (1996) -- large type -- cassette
  Instruments of Night (1998) -- large type
  Places in the Dark (2000) -- large type -- cassette
  Taken: A Novelization (2000)
  The Interrogation (2002) -- large type
  Moon Over Manhattan (with Larry King) (2002)
  Peril (2004)
  Into the Web (2004) -- CD
  Red Leaves (2005)
  The Cloud of Unknowing (2007) -- large type -- CD
  Master of the Delta (2008)
  Early Graves: A Shocking True-Crime Story of the Youngest Woman Ever Sentenced to Death Row (1990)
  Blood Echoes: The True Story of an Infamous Mass Murder and Its Aftermath (1992)


Cook has had seven Edgar Award nominations including one for The Chatham School Affair, which won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1996. Cook also won the Hammett Prize in 1995 for Breakheart Hill. Red Leaves was nominated for the Dagger Award for Best Novel in 2006.

What the critics say
"Cook knows how to spin out a tale in an artful fashion." - Publisher's Weekly
Thomas Cook is "a literary giant in the psychological suspense genre and always writes a story that enthralls the audience." -


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