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Places in the Dark by [Thomas H. Cook]
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Editorial Reviews



"Cook is a master, precise and merciless, at showing the slow-motion shattering of families and relationships."
--Chicago Tribune

"A man of poetic narrative gifts."
--Los Angeles Times

"There's no ignoring [Thomas Cook's] savage imagery, or escaping the airless chambers of his disturbing imagination."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Perhaps the best American writer of crime fiction currently practicing."
--The Drood Review of Mystery

"Hypnotic prose and fresh scenarios set [Cook's] suspenseful fiction apart....If you've not yet been haunted by a Thomas Cook novel, now is a fine time to start."
--Star Tribune, Minneapolis

"Cook is an important talent...his fiction extends the boundaries of the form."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Cook uses the genre to open a window onto the human condition....Literate, accelerate with increasing force, but few readers will be prepared for the surprise that waits at novel's end."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"With its passionate characters, compelling family-driven narrative and surprising conclusion, Places presents irrefutable evidence that it sometimes pays not to be afraid of the dark."
--People Magazine Beach Pick of the Week

From the Hardcover edition. Review

Penzler Pick, March 2000: If someone held a gun to my head and told me I had to pick the single best mystery novel of the 1990s, I'd have to say Thomas H. Cook's Breakheart Hill. This magnificent decade introduced Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly to readers, neither of whom is capable of writing a bad book. George Pelecanos came along too, and Robert Crais wrote L.A. Requiem. There were novels by Elmore Leonard, Ruth Rendell, Donald E. Westlake, James Crumley, Ed McBain, and Stephen Greenleaf, along with an equal number of distinguished writers whose work raised the bar on the excellence of the literature of crime. But the book that lasts in the memory, the one that is so poetic--yet shocking--is for me Breakheart Hill, and Cook's next book, The Chatham School Affair, isn't far behind, winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award as the best book of the year.

His new one, Places in the Dark, once again takes readers into the heart of darkness in a beautiful and compelling story. Dora March, a lovely, green-eyed young woman, shows up in a small Maine seacoast village in the autumn of 1937. She steps off a bus with nothing and is soon hired by the wealthiest man in town as a housekeeper. He is old and frail and soon dies, leaving everything to her in his will. The gossips all know that she was only interested in his money, and rumors abound that she helped him along on his final journey. But she leaves the town just as suddenly and mysteriously as she arrived, having told the lawyers that she wants nothing.

Dora also affects the lives of two brothers. One falls in love with her and subsequently dies. The other believes she is responsible and sets out to find her and avenge his brother's death, becoming so obsessed with finding her that he is driven nearly mad. This unusual and haunting tale is a worthy addition to the opera of one of the bright, shining stars of contemporary American literature. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Print Length : 304 pages
  • Publication Date : October 21, 2009
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • File Size : 886 KB
  • Publisher : Bantam (October 21, 2009)
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50 ratings