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Places In The Dark Paperback – 13 Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (13 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752843869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752843865
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.2 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,724,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas H. Cook's Instruments of Night won the prestigious Edgar crime novel award in the US, and gleaned a considerable following on this side of the Atlantic. His new book, Places in the Dark, looks likely to consolidate that success with an elegantly textured narrative in which the past casts a long shadow on the present. Like Hitchcock, Cook is concerned with guilt and malign human intention, and the way in which he marshals his cannily structured plot is truly compelling (this novel is, in fact, precisely the kind of thing that would have tempted The Master in one of his famous trawls for film material). In 1937, a woman appears in a small town on the coast of Maine. Dora March is unforthcoming about her background, but the people of the town come to like and admire her--particularly the Chase Brothers, Cal and Billy. But within a year, Billy is dead, and Cal is mercilessly pursuing the woman who appears to have killed his brother. Needless to say, all is not as it seems, and the slow accretion of suspense is handled with a very sure touch. Cook's speciality, though, is characterisation--and that is particularly acute here, not least in the enigmatic Dora. And the first person narration by Cal Chase never puts a foot wrong, as in a description of the brothers' attempt to save a young girl from drowning:

She was moving swiftly on currents that had not yet been tamed, and which would inevitably propel her across the still turbulent surface that lay between the bridge and the lethal, churning waters that waited just beyond the bend, water that would, within minutes, carry her over Linder Falls. The horrible truth hit me instantly. Jenny Grover, five years old, was going to die... it was an irrefutable fact.
--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Cook is a master of sustained suspense. This brilliant evocation of how the past infects the present ... lures readers into labyrinths of loss, guilt, and evil intent."
-- Booklist (starred review)

"[The story] is swept along by Cook's artistry, his insights into broken people, his austere imagery of the barren landscapes that attract them."
-- The New York Times

"Cook writes very well; his tone is sad, even foreboding, yet almost elegiac, as he weaves ... an intricate fabric of tragedy."
-- The Boston Globe

Don't miss Thomas H. Cook's other award-winning works of suspense:

Instruments of Night
Evidence of Blood
The Chatham School Affair

Winners of the Edgar Award for Best Novel:

Breakheart Hill
Mortal Memory

Available wherever Bantam Books are sold and coming soon in hardcover:

Into the Web
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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