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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605984671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605984674
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thomas Cook has long been one of my favorite writers.” (Harlan Coben)

“Thomas Cook’s night visions, seen through a lens darkly, are haunting.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Cook is one of the most suspenseful of crime-fiction writers.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“Thomas Cook writes like a wounded angel.” (Peter Straub)

About the Author

Thomas H. Cook has been nominated for the Edgar Award seven times in five different categories. He has received the Edgar Award, the Martin Beck Award, the Herodotus Prize for best historical short story, and the Barry Award and has been nominated for numerous other prizes. He divides his time between Cape Cod and Manhattan.

More About the Author

THOMAS H. COOK was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1947. He has been nominated for the Edgar Award seven times in five different categories. He received the best novel Edgar for The Chatham School Affair, the Martin Beck Award, the Herodotus Prize for best historical short story, and the Barry for best novel for Red Leaves, and has been nominated for numerous other awards.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Goroff-mailly on May 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A gifted writer; one today's very best. Cook's writing is lush and eloquent. His understanding of human nature and the depths of the human heart set him apart.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cape Cod Girl on May 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Like Lisa, Thomas H. Cook is my favorite author and I generally read his books in one sitting and then am left agonizing for more.
Unlike Lisa, I tried to read a story a day. I failed. After the first one I had to go on to the second one, Fatherhood. Are you kidding me??? I expected a tribute to his amazing daughter, J....... The ending blew me away. So typical of Tom not to let me see it coming. The book yelled at me, but I managed to stop after two a day. It was agony to resist, but it is agony to be done.
He is sooo suspenseful and so lyrical. I loved this book.
Can't wait for Sandrine's Case.
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By Deborah on November 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have enjoyed several of Cook's novels, so I was surprised at how average I found this collection of his short stories to be. "Rain," about the variety of human interactions which are "witnessed" by the rain, is the standout: "The rain sees the fickle web of chance meetings, the grid of untimely intersections, lethal fortuities from which there will be no escape." Its heart-shattering conclusion comes out of nowhere, feeling like a literal punch to the chest. "The Fix," about a former boxer who threw the fight of his career, is also very good.

Cook comes up with some lovely descriptive passages; in perhaps my favorite description in the entire collection, he introduces us to Harry, "his rounded shoulders slumped, his posture no less slumped, so that he seemed perpetually to be collapsing, or if not that, then held up by invisible strings that were themselves stretched and frayed and in imminent danger of snapping." Unfortunately, such passages cannot carry the stories on their own.

In "The Fix," Cook asks, "And what do the living owe each other, tell me that, if not to hear each other's stories?" Having read 11 of Cook's stories, I regret to say that most of them were not worth hearing.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Lisa on April 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
These are wonderful short stories by my favorite author, Thomas H. Cook! I read it in one day. Could not put it down!-Next?
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Burt Peretsky on May 26, 2013
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After reading "Fatherhood and Other Stories," I'm more certain than ever that Thomas H. Cook is a brilliant stylist, perhaps the best I've ever read! I'm not certain, however, whether he loves or hates fathers. Alternately disrespectful and even more disrespectful to Dear Old Dad, Cook weaves wonderfully the father-son relationship in all its clarity and ambiguity. If I can paraphrase an oft-quoted quote Cook uses in one of his witty and wonderful short stories (I won't tell you which one, so I don't give away an ending!): "Father, forgive Thomas Cook, for he knows exactly what he does!"
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