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Thomas H. Cook

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  1. 7.8 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged

    Thomas H. Cook has twice won Edgar Awards for his finely crafted psychological thrillers, and Breakheart Hill (RB# 94616) was named the single best mystery novel of the 1990s by the founder of The Mysterious Press. The Interrogation is a desperate race against time and a gripping journey into the darkest corners of the human soul. One day in 1952, the strangled body of 10-year-old Cathy Lake is discovered in a public park. A homeless suspect, Albert Jay Smalls, is arrested and held for interrogation. Now, Officers Norman Cohen and Jack Pierce have only 24 hours to make the sullen young man talk before he's released. How far are they willing to push him to get a confession? As the two policemen gather the many contradictory pieces of evidence, the boundaries between hunter and prey, guilty and innocent, begin to blur. Thomas H. Cook is a master of the surprise ending, and The Interrogation is sure to leave every listener stunned. Audie Awarda-winning narrator George Guidall's performance captures the dramatic urgency of this deeply disturbing tale.

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    The Interrogation

    Read by George Guidall
    7.8 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.7 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged

    Thomas H, Cook is an Edgar Award winner and the author of several New York Times best-selling thrillers. Into the Web stars Roy Slater, a young man who 25 years ago ran away from his hometown to escape the consequences of an unspeakable crime. Now with his father dying, Roy returns, only to get caught up in another scandal. Murder rocks the small town, and for Roy it draws him into the same web of deceit and treachery he tried so hard to leave behind. Tom Stechschulte's intense narration will have listeners on the edges of their seats.

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    Into the Web

    6.7 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.8 hrs • Feb/09/2017 • Unabridged

    When a lovely high school girl is destroyed by a blow to her head, the savage act sends the people of a small southern town reeling. For 30 years, the mystery behind the attack has festered, damaging countless lives. Now the town physician, who once loved the girl, must tell the dark story of what really happened that day. Cook creates a series of emotionally charged revelations that builds to a shocking conclusion.

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    Breakheart Hill

    Read by George Guidall
    9.8 hrs • Feb/09/2017 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.8 hrs • Nov/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Thomas H. Cook’s novels, including Instruments of Night and Breakheart Hill, pull readers deep into their webs of obsession, passion, and fear. A best-selling author, Cook won the Edgar Award for The Chatham School Affair (RB# 94796). In 1937, a slender young woman arrived in a small Maine town. Dora March was lovely, quiet, and mysterious. Soon the tragedies began: a house fire, a murder, a suicide. Within a year, Dora vanished, leaving behind dark, unanswered questions. But before she disappeared, the town’s newspaperman was stabbed to death. Now Cal, the slain man’s brother, must tear off the emotional veil clouding his judgement and find Dora March. The scenes in Places in the Dark are not graphic, but they are the stuff of nightmares. As the suspense in this haunting work increases with each chapter, it urges the listener toward a final, shocking revelation. Audie Award-winning narrator George Guidall provides the perfect vehicle for Cook’s unique style.

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    Places in the Dark

    Read by George Guidall
    7.8 hrs • Nov/23/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 10.6 hrs • Feb/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Multiple Edgar Award nominee Thomas H. Cook is the author of dark, terrifying thrillers like Places in the Dark and Red Leaves. In Master of the Delta, it's 1954 down in Mississippi and Jack Branch has finally come home, taking a job as a high school teacher. He soon learns that one of his students is the son of a notorious local murderer, the Coed Killer. And as they say, like father, like son.

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    Master of the Delta

    Read by T. Ryder Smith
    10.6 hrs • Feb/20/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.9 hrs • Sep/02/2014 • Unabridged

    Ray is now a cautious risk-management consultant, but 20 years ago he was a well-intentioned aid worker in a newly independent African country. He is forced to reconsider that year of living dangerously and the loss of the woman he'd loved and bet

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    A Dancer in the Dust

    Read by Ray Chase
    8.9 hrs • Sep/02/2014 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.0 hrs • Apr/01/2014 • Unabridged

    Frank Clemons, an ex-cop turned private detective, faces a pair of perplexing cases on the mean streets of New York City.The first case is simple. A wealthy man’s wife has grown distant, and he asks Frank Clemons, a private eye hardened by his past work on Atlanta’s homicide beat, to find out why. There are a number of simple reasons why a young woman might withdraw from her older husband, but the spurned spouse rejects them all. Her jewelry is disappearing, but he insists that she doesn’t have trouble with blackmail, drugs, or gambling. The answer must be more complex, and he begs Frank to find out what it is.Meanwhile, an old woman familiar to Frank from his nights haunting Tenth Avenue has been murdered, and a gypsy priestess claims that she killed her. But Frank is unconvinced, and unearthing these women’s secrets will force him deep into the dark side of a city that he still cannot call home.

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    Night Secrets

    Read by Ray Chase
    9.0 hrs • Apr/01/2014 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.2 hrs • Feb/04/2014 • Unabridged

    The sleek high-rises of Park Avenue make Frank Clemons uneasy. The former Atlanta homicide detective came to New York after a sickening murder case soured him on the South, but despite the glitz and excitement of his new surroundings and the beauty of the woman he shares them with, the city makes his skin crawl.Now a private eye, he is only at ease in the city’s darker corners, among the whores, gamblers, and pimps who call Eighth Avenue home. That affinity for the socially isolated is what draws him to the case of Hannah Karlsberg, an elderly seamstress who deserved a better death than she got. Hannah’s employer hires Clemons to find the victim’s next of kin so the police can release the body for burial, but as he learns about the dead woman’s past, which stretches back to the Lower East Side sweatshops of the 1930s, Clemons becomes obsessed with unearthing the decades-old secret that led to her death.

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    Flesh and Blood

    Read by Ray Chase
    10.2 hrs • Feb/04/2014 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.3 hrs • Sep/03/2013 • Unabridged

    Blood seeps into the gutters at the Children’s Zoo in Central Park. Two deer have been slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other slashed across the neck. Normally it would be a case for the Parks Department, but these are no ordinary deer. The pride of the small menagerie, they were given to the zoo by a prominent socialite who cannot afford bloody headlines. The NYPD hands the case to Detective Reardon, star of the homicide squad. A recent widower at fifty-six, Reardon has seen too many human victims to care much about the two butchered animals. He resents being taken off other pressing cases for the sake of politics, but soon another killing snaps him to attention. Two women are found dead in their Greenwich Village apartment, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other with her throat cut, and Reardon knows this vicious parallel is no coincidence.

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    Blood Innocents

    Read by Jonah Cummings
    6.3 hrs • Sep/03/2013 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.9 hrs • Aug/06/2013 • Unabridged

    A college professor must unspool the history of his tumultuous relationship with his free-spirited wife, as he stands trial and faces the death penalty for her murder. "A marvelous tale of human nature."Kirkus Reviews

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    Sandrine’s Case

    Read by Brian Holsopple
    9.9 hrs • Aug/06/2013 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.2 hrs • Jul/30/2013 • Unabridged

    The young girl lies in a ditch without a scratch on her—a white high school student stretched out dead in the black part of Atlanta. She was a rich girl from a cold family, too genteel for the neighborhood where she died, and only the baby in her belly suggests how she might have gotten there. For Detective Frank Clemons, the scene is far too familiar—too close to how it was when he found his own daughter, dead in the woods by her own hand, her youthful beauty cruelly ravaged by depression. Her suicide ended his marriage and sent him on a downward spiral that has nearly claimed his own life. To maintain his sanity, he must do everything he can to find justice for the dead.

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    Sacrificial Ground

    8.2 hrs • Jul/30/2013 • Unabridged
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  12. 4.8 hrs • May/01/2013 • Unabridged

    Over his acclaimed career, Cook’s novels have haunted, riveted, and spellbound readers across the world, and his short stories are equally acclaimed. They range from the intensely focused world of “Fatherhood,” the Herodotus prize–winning title story, to the Edgar-nominated “Rain,” a dark, kaleidoscopic tale of Manhattan on a single, rain-swept night. “The Fix,” the story of a famous boxing fix that was, well, not a fix at all, was selected for inclusion in Best Mystery Stories of the Year. “What She Offered,” the gripping tale of a one-night stand, was included in The Best Noir Stories of the Century.Like Cook’s novels, the range of this collection is, itself, astonishing. From a backwoods Appalachian shack during the Depression (“Poor People”) to a Midwestern college campus in the throes of Sixties revolt (“The Sun-Gazer”) to a midtown Manhattan bookstore on Christmas Eve, “The Lessons of the Season,” this collection demonstrates precisely that, in the words of Michael Connelly, “no one tells a story better than Thomas H. Cook.”

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    Fatherhood, and Other Stories

    Read by Fred Sullivan
    4.8 hrs • May/01/2013 • Unabridged
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  13. 11.5 hrs • Jan/01/2013 • Unabridged

    At the height of the Civil Rights movement, a young girl’s murder stirs racial tensions in Birmingham, Alabama.The grave on the football field is shallow, easy to spot from a distance. It would have been found sooner had most of the residents in the black half of Birmingham not been downtown, marching, singing, and being arrested alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Police detective Ben Wellman is among them when he gets the call about the fresh grave. Under the loosely packed dirt he finds a young black girl, her innocence taken, and her life along with it. His sergeant orders Wellman to investigate but instructs him not to try too hard. In the summer of 1963, Birmingham is tense enough without a manhunt for the killers of a black child. Wellman digs for the truth in spite of skepticism from the black community and scorn from his fellow officers. What he finds is a secret that men from both sides of town would prefer stayed buried.As he did in Sacrificial Ground, Cook has created a novel of uncommon force and resonance.

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    Streets of Fire

    Read by George Guidall
    11.5 hrs • Jan/01/2013 • Unabridged
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  14. 8.9 hrs • Jan/01/2013 • Unabridged

    Middling historian Lucas Paige visits St. Louis to give a sparsely attended reading—nothing out of the ordinary. But among the yawning attendees is someone he did not expect: Lola Faye Gilroy, the “other woman” he has long blamed for his father’s murder. Reluctantly, Luke joins Lola Faye for a drink. As one drink turns into several, these two battered souls relive, from their different perspectives, the most searing experience of their lives. Slowly but surely, the hotel bar dissolves around them and they are transported back to the tiny southern town where this defining moment—a violent crime of passion—is turned in the light once more to reveal flaws in the old answers. As it turns out, there is much Luke doesn’t know … and what he doesn’t know can hurt him.Trapped in an increasingly intense emotional exchange, and with no place to go save back into his own dark past, Luke struggles to gain control of an ever more threatening conversation to discover why Lola Faye has come—before it’s too late.

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    The Last Talk with Lola Faye

    8.9 hrs • Jan/01/2013 • Unabridged
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  15. 11.5 hrs • Dec/04/2012 • Unabridged

    The grave on the football field is shallow and easy to spot from a distance. It would have been found sooner, had most of the residents in the black half of Birmingham not been downtown, marching, singing, and being arrested alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Police detective Ben Wellman is among them when he gets the call about the fresh grave. Under the loosely packed dirt, he finds a young black girl, her innocence taken and her life along with it. His sergeant orders Wellman to investigate, but instructs him not to try too hard. In the summer of 1963, Birmingham is tense enough without a manhunt for the killers of a black child. Wellman digs for the truth in spite of skepticism from the black community and scorn from his fellow officers. What he finds is a secret that men from both sides of town would prefer stayed buried.

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    Streets of Fire

    Read by Ray Chase
    11.5 hrs • Dec/04/2012 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.5 hrs • Aug/14/2012 • Unabridged

    When famed true-crime writer Julian Wells' body is found in a drifting boat, the question is not how he died, but why? Why would he kill himself? And was this his only crime? Philip Anders, his best friend and chief defender of Julian's moral and literary

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    The Crime of Julian Wells

    Read by Traber Burns
    7.5 hrs • Aug/14/2012 • Unabridged
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