Week of  January 26, 2005 | Thomas H. Cook

“I have to say that I found my interview with Kacey one of the best of my writing life,” said crime writer Thomas H. Cook--

Kacey was deeply read not only in the books we discussed but in most of my life’s work," Cook said. "He chose appropriate passages to discuss, and his questions achieved a rare and laudable balance between genuine literary inquiry and true human interest.”  - Columbus Dispatch

Thomas H. Cook has long been one of my favorite authors. His first novel, BLOOD INNOCENTS, was Nominated for an Edgar Award for best first mystery novel in 1980. His novel, THE CHATHAM SCHOOL AFFAIR, won the Edgar award for best novel in 1997. 

Mr. Cook has also written several true crime novels during his writing career. He divides his time between New York City and Cape Cod . His newest novel, RED LEAVES, will be published by Harcourt Brace on June 1, 2005

I have read RED LEAVES and consider it to be one of Mr. Cook's finest novels.  In part one of my interview with him, which you are about to hear, we discuss his work prior to the publication of RED LEAVES. In part two, which will air in late May, we will discuss his new novel and other projects he is currently working on.

For those of you who have not read Thomas H. Cook you are in for a treat. Here is a short list of his novels that I highly recommend; THE CITY WHEN IT RAINS, MORTAL MEMORY, BREAKHEART HILL, THE CHATHAM SCHOOL AFFAIR, THE ORCHIDS, and ELENA. He is also the co-editor of the BEST CRIME WRITING series with Otto Penzler.

His short story, Fatherhood, was included in the BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF 1999. He also has a new story, What She Offered, in DANGEROUS WOMEN, a new collection of stories, also edited by Otto Penzler.

 hope you enjoy part one of our interview, and I invite you back for part two in May. That gives you plenty of time to read Mr. Cook's other works before the release of RED LEAVES.  You won't regret it.  

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