Peril

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Wheeler Pub., 2004 - Fiction - 413 pages
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King succeeds brilliantly as making now familiar sandscape seem as imposing and new as it must have been to the sailors.—Publishers Weekly. On a calm May morning in 1815. Captain James Riley and the crew of the Commerce left port in Connecticut for an ordinary trading voyage, never imagining what awaited them. Shipwrecked off the African coast, captured by desert nomads and sold into slavery, they were dragged along on an insane journey through the heart of the Sahara in an unforgettable tale of survival, courage, and brotherhood.

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Thomas H. Cook (b. 1947) is the author of nearly two dozen critically lauded crime novels. Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, Cook published his first novel, "Blood Innocents", in 1980 while serving as the book review editor of "Atlanta "magazine. Two years later, on the release of his second novel, "The Orchids", he turned to writing full-time.Cook published steadily through the 1980s, penning such works as the Frank Clemons trilogy, a series of mysteries starring a jaded cop. He found breakout success with "The Chatham School Affair" (1996), which won an Edgar Award for best novel. His work has been praised by critics for his attention to psychology and the lyrical nature of his prose. Besides mysteries, Cook has written two true-crime books, "Early Graves "(1992) and the Edgar-nominated "Blood Echoes" (1993), as well as several literary novels, including "Elena" (1986). He lives and works in New York City.

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