RARA-AVIS: Re: Recent Reads (Benioff, Cook, Coleman, Spiegelman)

From: cptpipes2000 (cptpipes@hotmail.com)
Date: 24 Jul 2008

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    I wrote regarding Thomas H. Cook:
    > > He wrote several true crime books and a detective series in the 80s,
    > > but I think he really hit his stride with EVIDENCE OF BLOOD in 1991.
    > > MORTAL MEMORY and THE CHATHAM SCHOOL AFFAIR are from that same era
    > > and are also favorites.

    In my haste, I missed adding that BREAKHEART HILL, which is from the era I mentioned above is my favorite of all of his books.

    Mario said:
    > Mine, too, but I can't get Chatham out of my head. Great stuff. It's
    > not flashy writing, you need to read carefully. I don't know who to
    > compare Cook. He doesn't seem to come from a recognizable "school".

    I think much of what you are getting at is that, because he often writes in the first person, Cook's voice is tailored to reflect the mindset of the narrator, and with that comes all the self-serving, half-truths, omissions and lies. As well as the character just not knowing what is going on.

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