The Cloud of Unknowing (Paperback)

By Thomas H. Cook

Mariner Books, 9780156032803, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2007

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/15/2007)
Compact Disc (4/15/2007)
Paperback, Spanish (1/11/2011)
MP3 CD (4/15/2007)
Compact Disc (4/15/2007)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (12/1/2008)

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David Sears grew up in the shadow of his brilliant sister, Diana, convinced by their father that she would accomplish great things. Instead, she married and had a son, Jason, who—like David and Diana’s father—is schizophrenic. Her husband, Mark, a geneticist, never made peace with Jason’s condition. Perhaps this is why Diana will not accept the authorities’ conclusion that Jason’s drowning death was accidental. Or perhaps Diana is going mad. As she builds a case against her husband and the seductive qualities of her manic energy become impossible to ignore, David finds himself afraid for his own family’s safety. In The Cloud of Unknowing, Cook explores the power of blood and family mythology.


About the Author

THOMAS H. COOK was born in Fort Payne, Alabama. He has been nominated for Edgar Awards seven times in five different categories. He received the Best Novel Edgar, the Barry for Best Novel, and has been nominated for numerous other awards.

Praise For The Cloud of Unknowing


"[Diana’s] inexorable descent into mania, narrated by her brother Dave, is as gripping as the mystery itself. A-."—Entertainment Weekly
"What's at stake isn't so much the resolution of a mystery as the integrity of a family."—Time Out New York