Instruments of Night

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Thorndike Press, Apr 1, 1999 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Paul Graves is a middle-aged writer of gothic suspense novels that feature a sadistic genius pitted against a Victorian detective. Asked to investigate a real 50-year-old murder, Graves can't resist. Faye Harrison had been tortured, strangled, and her body hidden in a cave. The details of the murder all too closely resemble those surrounding the death of Graves's sister when he was twelve. Thomas Cook has woven a riveting novel of haunting power, of innocence lost and trust betrayed, and of an author who must confront the origins of his own disturbing trade.

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User Review  - BA Irons - Goodreads

This book has got to be one of my favorites, if not the favorite. The way Cook sows horror so fragile like a spider web into the empty fields and lonely houses. How he describes horror so terrifying ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maltoablativ eggplant - Goodreads

3,5 stars. Little dry in atmosphere, but the pay off at the end is worth it. Best would be to read it in one sitting. Read full review

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THOMAS H. COOK held several jobs as teacher and book reviewer before he began writing full-time. Many of his novels have been nominated for the Edgar and other prestigious awards. He won the Edgar for "The Chatham School Affair".

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