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A Dancer In The Dust
20 Nov 2014 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781784081645

A story of guilt, murder and politics set in Africa and New York from the acknowledged master of psychological suspense.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 320 pages
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A Dancer In The Dustby Thomas H. Cook

A story of guilt, murder and politics set in Africa and New York from the acknowledged master of psychological suspense.

Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell was an idealistic aid worker in Africa. He fell in love there with Martine, a local farmer, who tried to make Ray see that all actions have consequences. But he couldn't, not until it was too late...

When a friend from his time in Africa is found dead in a New York alley, Ray is forced to return to a past he's spent a lifetime trying to forget...

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.

'Who but Thomas H. Cook could blend love and death with such seamless elegance?' Harlan Coben

'A master of the unexpected ending' New York Times

'Writes with uncommon insight, elegance, and emotional intelligence' The Times

'Cook remains one of the most accomplished writers in the genre' Financial Times

'This title deserves to win an award in its plot, scope and writing. While the pace is gentle, it grips you with its language and characters and the issues it raises have you thinking for a long time. It is a novel I shall certainly remember' The Press Association

'A work of art. A crime does take place, but, whilst the reader is concerned to find out who committed it and why, it is used mainly as a means of exploring the main themes of the novel' Crime Review

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