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4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligently written piece of crime fiction
This novel is set in 1937 in an isolated small town on the coast of Maine. At the heart of the story are two brothers: Cal and Billy. Cal takes after his father, rational and logical with tight reins on his heart, whilst Billy has 'passion' that is indulged by his mother. Their father runs the local newspaper and, whilst Cal grows up to study law and work in the local...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Are Often Hard to Find
`Places in the Dark' is not the usual crime fare that I read. Set in the depression ridden America of the 30s it follows two brothers and the impact that a strange woman has when she enters their lives. This book has a strangely ethereal feel to it as Thomas H Cook packs it with non linear storytelling and whimsical description. For the first 50-100 pages I was...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Are Often Hard to Find, 8 Jan 2009
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`Places in the Dark' is not the usual crime fare that I read. Set in the depression ridden America of the 30s it follows two brothers and the impact that a strange woman has when she enters their lives. This book has a strangely ethereal feel to it as Thomas H Cook packs it with non linear storytelling and whimsical description. For the first 50-100 pages I was seriously worried that the book would turn out to be all show and no substance. Luckily this was not the case as the story begins to unfold beautifully as small clues are revealed in the past, present and future. The three threads come together near the end in a very effective way.

However, drawing the threads together does not completely resolve this book of its sins. Firstly, for all its intelligent pretentions this was a very simple book and more of a novella. I was able to complete it in one afternoon. I also felt that the book was almost too light and airy. The book deals with some dark issues and Cook seems to write about them is some sort of haze. What I did like was the flawed nature of all of the characters from those open to emotion, to those stunted by them. The two brothers are an interesting comparison and Cook cleverly allows the reader to decide who the noble brother is and who is selfish. Overall, I found `Places in the Dark' and quick and entertaining read that was something different from my usual reading matter. However, although the split narrative was effective, it was undermined by the off-putting whimsical, almost fairy tale like, nature of Cook's writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligently written piece of crime fiction, 15 Sep 2012
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This novel is set in 1937 in an isolated small town on the coast of Maine. At the heart of the story are two brothers: Cal and Billy. Cal takes after his father, rational and logical with tight reins on his heart, whilst Billy has 'passion' that is indulged by his mother. Their father runs the local newspaper and, whilst Cal grows up to study law and work in the local District Attorney's office, Billy takes over the newspaper from his father.

In 1937 a woman arrives in the small town. She seems to have come from nowhere - she appears to be in her late twenties, offers no history and looks for work. One year later, she flees the town leaving Billy dead on the floor. Cal's world has been torn apart and he sets off on the trail of the woman, needing to know what happened.

I really enjoyed this novel - a quiet and understated psychological mystery. It isn't very long and can easily be read over a couple of nights, making it a good weekend read. It is slower and more poised than many crime books, with more 'atmosphere' than bodies, and I liked this. Recommended for lovers of intelligently written crime fiction.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another crime classic from Thomas H Cook, 10 Nov 2001
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Cook has the knack of drawing you into the world of his characters from page 1. And once the story has hold of you, you most certainly won't want to get out. Appealing and flawed characters, compelling sub-plots and comlex storylines are the ingredients that keep you hooked. Think you've guessed the ending? Well, think again, and again....Cook has the ability to throw you off the scent and shroud everything in dark mystery until the final chapter. With an ending that will literally leave you in tears, Places in the Dark is essential reading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Product not received, 30 April 2009
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After waiting beyond a long delivery estimate I was asked to assess the product. I couldn't do so because I didn't received the ordered product
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