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The Last Talk with Lola Faye [Kindle Edition]

Thomas H. Cook
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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'Positively haunting ... walks his listeners to the edge of the grave - where he leaves us breathless' New York Times.

'I have long been an admirer of Thomas H. Cook's novels, and The Last Talk with Lola Faye is one of his best yet: an expertly plotted, beautifully written, compelling and suspenseful book' Harlan Coben, author of Caught.

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'Positively haunting ... walks his listeners to the edge of the grave - where he leaves us breathless' New York Times. 'I have long been an admirer of Thomas H. Cook's novels, and The Last Talk with Lola Faye is one of his best yet: an expertly plotted, beautifully written, compelling and suspenseful book' Harlan Coben, author of Caught.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0151014078
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FGMCME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a truly unputdownable book 28 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
In a year when most of the true masters of the American thriller have disappointed, along comes Thomas H. Cook to save the day. Cook writes psychological thrillers of nearly unbearable intensity and stunning originality. When you read Cook you know you are reading a novel that has never been written before, and where it will take you, you cannot guess. His latest - The Last Talk with Lola Fay - is at the very top of his class, there is no greater praise. Set in St Louis during the course of one evening two one-time acquaintances meet for a quiet drink and a talk over old times when they both lived in poverty stricken Glenville, Alabama. As the conversation unfolds the scabs are ripped off old memories, the circumstances of terrible events are called into question, three people die for no good reason and the reader is led to a terrible conclusion, except I defy any reader to correctly guess where he's being led. Written elegiacally as always by America's best crime novelist - or if not the best, there is no better - this is a book that thrills from the moment of unwrapping to a multiplicity of undone chores later. Cook's clarity and jewelled sharpness of metaphor is always a treat, never more so than here. 'Religion is Santa Claus for grown-ups' says Lola Fay. Just read it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raising ghosts 19 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Thomas H Cook is not as well known as he should be. His dark centred mystery books are beautifully written, insistent and memorable.
The Last Talk with Lola Faye is based around a conversation between the narrator and Lola Faye, who was a central figure in the violent events of years ago that changed lives.
As the talk progresses, memories return, each one casting light on those events and on the character of the protagonist. And as the memories expand everything seems less obvious, more threatening, as Lola, with her apparently naive questions gradually brings out the truth.
The reader, however, never knows just what is going to happen and who is going to be revealed as guilty and why, until right at the end, when expectations are quite overturned.
Thomas H Cook doesn't go in for action-packed, thrill-a-page, "unputdownable" formulaic novels. His books are thoughtful and powerful and stick in the mind. Many of his best books are concerned with raising ghosts, with the truth of what has happened in the past and has been supressed gradually reasserting itself. Buried secrets are revealed, and with them the damage to present lives because of past crimes is illuminated and explained..
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REMARKABLE STORY OF REGRET AND REDEMPTION 8 Aug 2010
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Poetic...dark...suspenseful...satisfying. For this reader each of these words aptly describe award winning author Thomas H. Cook's beautifully written novel THE LAST TALKWIHT LOLA FAYE. Reading it is a bit like watching an absorbing two person play as the story is revealed in a conversation between two characters - Lucas "Luke" Page and Lola Faye Gilroy.

Luke is a fair to middling professor and writer who has come to St. Louis to deliver a lecture at the Museum of the West. It's a dreary, wet December evening, and he doesn't anticipate much of a crowd - there seldom is at his lectures. However, the last person he expected or wanted to see was Lola Faye Gilroy, his father's mistress. Her husband had shot and killed his father, and then killed himself. All of this in Glenville, Alabama, a tired Southern town where his father ran a variety store.

Now, Glenville was not your pretty little town but a place pockmarked by abandoned storefronts "their empty windows staring like blinded eyes onto deserted sidewalks....and a windowless library housed in the basement of the police department." Plus "a trailer park perpetually pulsing in the light of a police cruiser, diesel trucks sitting like exhausted mastodons in red-dirt driveways." It was a place Luke couldn't wait to leave - of course, he would leave because he was considered to be "the smartest kid in town." As far as he was concerned Glenville limited his intellectual prowess; he believed that some day he would write a great novel. Yet here he was some years later addressing a sparse audience, and unable to turn Lola Faye down when she urged him to have a drink with her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book to be compelling and loved the gentle "walk" like pace as it led you through the story .It`s intrigue was spoilt however by the ending ,which seemed rushed ,as if the author was running behind schedule .Yes a great book ,but I think a different ending would have improved it ..............for me anyway !
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 16 Nov 2013
By sweef
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I wasn't sure about this book when I ordered it, but it turned out to be well worth the purchase
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good amble 17 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a gentle stroll of a book, well written and cleverly crafted. I thought I had it sussed about half way through and was completely wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skilful and engaging suspense 23 Feb 2013
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This is the first novel by this author I've read. I was very pleasantly surprised with the author's skill. (I shouldn't have been really but I'd probably classed him subconsciously in my "popular American crime writers" category.) Not only is the writing style good but the way in which during the "talk" the author develops and subtly shifts the reader's preception of Lola's and Luke's characters is first class. In some ways not much happens in this novel - it's not an action thriller - but I found it had plenty of suspense and was engaging throughout. I shall certainly be reading more Thomas H Cook.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lola gets closer and closer
Kept me hooked and uncertain of the outcome. I was sure Lola was going to shoot him. A unique and interesting unfolding of theevents. Read more
Published 16 months ago by mrs janet wehrmeyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burn
Have just finished reading this. It took me more than a week to read it, whereas I normally finish a book in three days. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Janice Millichap
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and interesting
I enjoyed this story and think I understood it to mean that things are not always what they seem. It encourages me to seek more writing from Thomas H Cook.
Published 17 months ago by 6363Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth and reconciliation
I found this psychological mystery a bit hard to get in to at first. The protagonist Luke, a lonely historian on a lecture tour, appears less than compelling, but a couple of... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Josa
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story from Thomas H Cook
Well written story about a murder - but it's not a murder mystery but about the reactions and consequences of the murder. Highly readable.
Published 18 months ago by Dons83
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't thrill me.
Although I liked the idea of this book from the synopsis, I have to be honest and say it didn't thrill me.

I found it slightly dusty, and difficult to place in time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by FiggyB
2.0 out of 5 stars Struggling
As someone who once I have started a book I persevere until the bitter end, but even I am finding this hard going. Read more
Published 18 months ago by grannybling
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
After reading some good reviews I was excited to read this book. I did however find it quite boring as the majority of the book was about the last chat with Lola Faye (I guess what... Read more
Published 18 months ago by katarina_ballerina
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
I kept thinking the story would move on from the talk. However I persisted and read it to the end.
Published 18 months ago by Suzie
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