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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  - 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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User Review  - sgillette - LibraryThing

I enjoy Nance's books, but this one has been my least favorite. It combines his knowledge of aviation and the legal system. The international law portions of this book were not my cup of tea. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

John J. Nance was born on July 5, 1946. He received a Bachelor's Degree from SMU and a Juris Doctor from SMU School of Law, and is a licensed aerospace attorney. He is a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserve. He is also an internationally recognized air safety analyst and advocate, and is the Aviation Analyst for ABC World News and the Aviation Editor for Good Morning America. He has written several non-fiction books including Splash of Colors, Blind Trust, On Shaky Ground, What Goes Up, and Golden Boy. He has also written numerous novels including Final Approach, Scorpion Strike, Phoenix Rising, The Last Hostage, Blackout, Headwind, Turbulence, Skyhook, Fire Flight, and Saving Cascadia. His novels Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child both aired as two-part mini-series on television.

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