The Fate of Katherine Carr
By Thomas H. Cook
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151014019, 288pp.)
Publication Date: June 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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George Gates used to be a travel writer who specialized in places where people disappeared—Judge Crater, the Lost Colony.Then his eight-year-old son was murdered, the killer never found, and Gates gave up disappearance. Now he writes stories of redemptive triviality about flower festivals and local celebrities for the town paper, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son’s last day.
Enter Arlo MacBride, a retired missing-persons detective still obsessed with the unsolved case of Katherine Carr. When he gives Gates the story she left behind—a story of a man stalking a woman named Katherine Carr—Gates too is drawn inexorably into a search for the missing author’s brief life and uncertain fate. And as he goes deeper, he begins to suspect that her tale holds the key not only to her fate, but to his own.
Thomas H. Cook was born in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1947. He has been nominated for the Edgar seven times in five different categories. He is the recipient of the Best Novel Edgar (for The Chatham School Affair), the Martin Beck Award of the Swedish Academy of Detection, the Herodotus Prize for Best Historical Short Story, and the Barry for Best Novel (Red Leaves). He has been nominated for the Lawlie Dagger award of the Association of British Crime Writers, the Macavity Award, the Anthony Award, and the Dashiell Hammett Prize. He lives in New York City and on Cape Cod.
- Throughout the book, George is grieving his son’s death. He has recovered his son’s body, so there’s no hope he’ll be found alive. But hope still remains a potent force in the book: the possibility of hope, the futility of hope, the necessity of hope, the denial of it — the hope for hope itself. On page 21, George says, “fantasy is grief’s nearest companion.” In this passage, George’s fantasy of finding his son’s killer is a hope for justice. Do you agree with his statement about fantasy? Is fantasy the same thing as hope?
PRAISE FOR MASTER OF THE DELTA"Thomas Cook never disappoints. With Master of the Delta he elevates the game once again. Beautifully written and heavily muscled with character and intrigue, this novel is a tour de force. Nobody tells a story better than Cook."--Michael Connelly"Enthralling . . . a thrilling, if dangerous, subject for a master storyteller like Cook." New York Times Book Review