Presented as diary transcripts from his tape recordings, Special Agent Dale Cooper's "autobiography" (or "audiobiography") begins on Christmas Day 1967, when thirteen year-old Dale receives the life-changing gift of a tape recorder and decides to document his innermost thoughts.
We journey through Dale's adolescence and formative experiences at the FBI Academy, his horrifying encounters as a rookie Special Agent (with the entries thereafter being addressed to the infamous "Diane"), eventually concluding where the TV series
begins, with the news of Laura Palmer's murder and Cooper "Heading for a little town called Twin Peaks..."
This wonderful book is not a typical TV tie-in. It genuinely compliments our understanding of a central character in one of the greatest shows of all time. Cooper is by turns a hilarious and sincere narrator, every bit as brilliantly written as his onscreen counterpart. It also provides a chilling background to the Wyndham Earl storyline featured so prominently in Season 2
But the real joy of reading this book is the way it simply allows us to spend more time in that fascinating world created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. If you're revisiting the series on DVD (or are lucky enough to be experiencing it for the first time), "The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper" (like the equally brilliant "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
) is a truly indispensible companion.
Criminally out of print for years, thanks to Amazon you can now grab a used copy. All fans of Twin Peaks should own this.