Week of January 26,
2005 | Thomas
“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
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.
has also written several true crime novels during his writing career.
He divides his time between New
. His newest novel, RED
will be published by Harcourt Brace on
June 1, 2005.
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
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
SCHOOL AFFAIR, THE ORCHIDS, and ELENA. He is also
the co-editor of the BEST CRIME WRITING series with Otto Penzler.
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.
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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