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Eric Moore has reason to be happy. He has a prosperous business, a comfortable home, a stable family life in a quiet town. Then, on an ordinary night, his teenage son Keith is asked to babysit Amy Giordano, the eight-year-old daughter of a neighboring family. The next morning Amy is missing.
Suddenly Eric is one of the stricken parents he has seen on television, professing faith in his child’s innocence. As the police investigation increasingly focuses on Keith, Eric must counsel his son, find him a lawyer, protect him from the community’s steadily growing suspicion. Except that Eric is not so sure his son is innocent. And if Keith is not…and might do the same thing again…what then should a father do?
Red Leaves is a story of broken trust and one man’s heroic effort to hold fast the ties that bind him to everything he loves.
Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever scarred the young boy. Layer by layer, in The Chatham School Affair, Cook paints a stunning portrait of a woman, a school, and a town in which passionate violence seems impossible…and inevitable. “Thomas Cook’s night visions, seen through a lens darkly, are haunting,” raved the New York Times Book Review, and The Chatham School Affair will cement this superb writer’s position as one of crime fiction’s most prodigious talents, a master of the unexpected ending.
Twenty-five years ago, an unspeakable crime was committed and Roy Slater fled—from the life he thought he wanted, from the memories he couldn’t avoid, and from the devastating suspicions of those he called friends. But now that his estranged father is dying, the prodigal son has returned to confront the past—and finds himself inextricably caught up with an old flame and a new murder, one that leads him inevitably back into the twisted web of deceit and violence from which he thought he’d escaped.
It is autumn 1935 when a mystery woman appears in Port Alma, a small sea village nestled on the chilly coast of Maine. A fragile, green-eyed beauty, the woman arrives with little more than the clothes on her back and a wealth of unspoken secrets. Before a year goes by, she will flee Port Alma on the same bus that brought her there. But before she goes, she will irrevocably alter the lives of two brothers—leaving one dead, and the other perched on the edge of madness….
In lyrical and sumptuous prose, Edgar Award-winning writer Thomas Cook has penned a mesmerizing novel of brotherly binds, damning betrayal, and the desperate acts people commit in the name of passion. It is a shattering tale that explores the catastrophic fate of a family torn apart by tragedy and time…and of a man who discovers that love has the power to heal the deepest wounds—but can also destroy those who resist it the most…
The town was Choctaw, Alabama. The place was Breakheart Hill. The girl was Kelli Troy. But the story of what really happened to her there on an August afternoon in 1962 is known by only one man, Ben Wade, the boy who loved her then and who must tell her story now:
“For what really happened never truly leaves me, no matter how often my imagination insists upon rewriting it. I hear the blow that echoed through the trees, see her fall to the ground, then rise and begin to stagger up the killing slope…. And after that, each life returns to me, each life that was destroyed in the deep woods that day, their faces circling in my mind, one behind the other like heads on a potter’s wheel.”
The violence that rocked Breakheart Hill on that summer afternoon did not end on its wooded slope. At least not for Ben Wade, now the town’s doctor and one of its most revered citizens. Perhaps it never ended for anyone in Choctaw.