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The Last Talk With Lola Faye Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849162018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849162012
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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The historian and writer Luke Paige is signing his latest work in a bookstore when suddenly, in the queue, he spots a woman he hoped he would never see again. Lola Faye. Her relationship with his father ruined Luke's childhood. Lola's husband took his revenge and shot Luke's father dead, and his mother died soon after.
Lola Faye wants to talk. They meet for a drink, which soon becomes a meal, and then another drink. Slowly, painfully, Luke and Lola revisit the terrible events that have shaped their lives.
The story they reveal is one of the timeless struggle between fathers and sons, of longed-for passion, of hopes and dreams thwarted by fate and circumstance. This is psychological suspense at its best.

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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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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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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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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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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 chapters in and I was hooked! After his lecture in St Louis he is button-holed by a figure from his past, Lola Faye, his dead father's former mistress, who has been following his career and personal life with interest. In the course of their conversation over dinner more and more details are revealed about horrific events of long ago,as Luke is forced by the turns of the conversation to confront the truth about the past. Thomas H. Cook kept me guessing right to the end as to what wrongs had and had not been done, by whom and to whom, and ends the novel on an optimistic note of redemption.
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