Fatherhood (Hardcover)

And Other Stories

By Thomas H. Cook

Pegasus Books, 9781605984674, 352pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/15/2014)
Compact Disc (5/1/2013)

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In a debut volume, the collected short stories of Thomas H. Cook, one of America's most celebrated crime fiction authors.

Over his acclaimed career, Cook’s novels have haunted, riveted, and spellbound readers across the world, and his short stories are equally acclaimed. They range from the intensely focused world of "Fatherhood," the Herodotus prize-winning title story, to the Edgar nominated "Rain," a dark, kaleidoscopic tale of Manhattan on a single, rain-swept night. "The Fix," the story of a famous boxing fix that was, well, not a fix at all, was selected for inclusion in Best Mystery Stories of the Year. "What She Offered," the gripping tale of a one-night stand, was included in The Best Noir Stories of the Century.

Like Cook’s novels, the range of this collection is, itself, astonishing. From a backwoods Appalachian shack during the Depression ("Poor People") to a Midwestern college campus in the throes of Sixties revolt ("The Sun-Gazer") to a midtown Manhattan bookstore on Christmas Eve, "The Lessons of the Season," this collection demonstrates precisely that, in the words of Michael Connolly, "no one tells a story better than Thomas H. Cook."

About the Author

Thomas H. Cook is best known as a hugely popular crime novelist. He is the winner of the Edgar Award for The Chatham School Affair and has been shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger and the Anthony Award. He divides his time between Cape Cod and Los Angeles. This is his first work of nonfiction.

Praise For Fatherhood: And Other Stories

Thomas Cook has long been one of my favorite writers.
— Harlan Coben

Thomas Cook’s night visions, seen through a lens darkly, are haunting.

Cook is one of the most suspenseful of crime-fiction writers.

Thomas Cook writes like a wounded angel.
— Peter Straub