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Penguin Publishing Group, 2002 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Albert Jay Smalls sits in an interrogation room accused of an unspeakable crime. The police have no witnesses, no physical evidence, but they are certain he is hiding the truth. With less than twelve hours before he must be released, Smalls will be put through one final interrogation.

It is a search that leads into the shadowed recesses of one man's shattered mind -- and to the devastating secrets buried in a desolate seaside town. It is a quest that takes three desperate cops down a dark, twisting road as they race against the clock to find out what really happened one rainy autumn afternoon in 1952. The answers will be more shocking than anyone can imagine, blurring the boundaries between pursuers and prey, between the innocent and the guilty, between the truth that sets us free and the tragedies that haunt us to the grave.

Against a gripping backdrop of murder and redemption, master storyteller Thomas Cook journeys into the darkest corners of the human heart to tell a mesmerizing story of crime and retribution -- and the forces that push even good people to the breaking point.

"Violence, tenderness, unspeakable evil, and the churning torment of a lost soul a little too close to them for comfort before the final sickening surprise."

"Probably no other suspense writer takes readers as deeply into the heart of darkness as Cook."

"There's no ignoring [Thomas Cook's] savage imagery, or escaping the airless chambers of his disturbing imagination."

"Hypnotic prose and fresh scenarios set [Cook's] suspenseful fiction apart....If you've not yet been haunted by a Thomas Cook novel, now is a fine time to start."

"Cook uses the genre to open a window onto the human condition.... Literate, compelling... Events accelerate with in

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Retired Air Force pilot Nance shows the same skill at guiding a thriller through white-knuckle weather as he did as a civilian landing a 737.The titles of Nance's fiction (Blackout (2000), etc.) are ... Read full review

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User Review  - DanStratton - LibraryThing

Nance is a lawyer and a pilot and this book shows his ability with both. The plot opens on a routine stop of a flight in Athens where the Greeks try to arrest a former U.S. President on a warrant ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

John J. Nance is the bestselling author of Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child, both of which have been adapted as four-hour television miniseries. An aviation analyst for the ABC Television Network and aviation editor for Good Morning America, Nance is also a licensed attorney, a veteran Air Force reserve officer/pilot, a nationally known professional speaker, and an airline captain for a major US carrier. He lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington.

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