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Red Leaves Hardcover – 4 May 2006

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"Thomas Cook writes like a wounded angel and Red Leaves is one of his masterworks. Sorrow, suspicion, fear and forgiveness hang suspended over an almost unbearably increasing tension. In Cook's hands, the crime novel, if that's what this is, moves firmly into literature." Peter Straub "Red Leaves is one of the best novels you'll read this year - gripping, beautifully written, surprising and devastating. Thomas H. Cook has long been one of my favourite writers. Red Leaves will show you why." Harlan Coben Quercus is a brand new imprint with a lot of fine crime titles to be published this year, and if this, the first I've seen, is anything to go by, it will be a big success. Something ugly rears its head in smalltown America as a little girl goes missing while being baby-sat by a teenage boy. Slowly but surely the boy's father, Eric Moore, who narrates the story, begins to suspect everything his son does and says, and realises that his whole life is based on falsehood. As his wife who is cuckolding him says: "Everybody lies", which mirrors the comment by his alcoholic brother: "Everybody's a fake." Red Leaves is a brilliant description of how a seemingly perfect life can fall apart all because of one phone call. Outstanding, and so very melancholic. Independent on Sunday Thomas H Cook is a crime writer's crime writer; he's been around for several decades now, praised by his peers but never totally embraced by the reading public. His latest novel, currently shortlisted for the US Edgar Award, should surely help to put a stop to this neglect. Set in small-town America, it traces the steady and agonising destruction of a seemingly normal family, following the disappearance of a local teenager. Narrated by a local businessman blissfully unaware of how tenuous the ground is under his feet, this is a splendid if painful destruction of the American dream by everyday evil. It makes for a most bitter but powerful tale, guaranteed to leave a bad taste in the mouth; you won't be able to put it down. Guardian '...a cracking book ... deserves to put Cook up in the top bracket among readers as well as fellow writers.' Manchester Evening News 'A terrific piece of work' Guardian 'Red Leaves is a brilliant description of how a seemingly perfect life can fall apart all because of one phone call. Outstanding.' Independent on Sunday

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Thomas H. Cook is the author of eighteen novels and two works of non-fiction. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award five times in four different categories, with his novel, The Chatham School Affair winning the Edgar for Best Novel. He lives in New York City and Cape Cod.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Quercus Publishing (4 May 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1905204124
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1905204120
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