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The Chatham School Affair | [Thomas Cook]

The Chatham School Affair

As lawyer Henry Griswald draws up an aging client’s will, he reflects on a series of events in 1926-1927 that shattered the peace of his boyhood community. Griswald, then a student at the school where his father was headmaster, witnessed a passion that would change him forever. At the heart of Griswald’s reverie lies a mystery only he can solve. What really happened at Black Pond—a tragedy that eventually destroyed five lives?
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Nominated three times for the Edgar Award, Thomas H. Cook continues to mesmerize readers with novels that combine tales of passion and intrigue with the best in pause-resistant suspense. Listeners find his pensive, lyrical style irresistible.

As lawyer Henry Griswald draws up an aging client’s will, he reflects on a series of events in 1926-1927 that shattered the peace of his boyhood community. Griswald, then a student at the school where his father was headmaster, witnessed a passion that would change him forever. At the heart of Griswald’s reverie lies a mystery only he can solve. What really happened at Black Pond—a tragedy that eventually destroyed five lives? Seeing his boyhood memories through the eyes of experience and age, Griswald relives the emotion-charged chain of events. As he pieces the tantalizing puzzle together, he also pulls the listener into a growing awareness of the terrible consequences of his childish vision.

©1996 Thomas H. Cook (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kathi 02-02-15
    Kathi 02-02-15 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    This was a rather good book. Quite well-written and the narration was excellent. In one respect, it is like a coming of age story. Henry Griswald, now an old man looking back over certain events in his life during his adolescence, reveals tantalizing clues to both his understanding of the adults in his life, and a mystery that involves the students and teachers in a private boys school of which is father is the headmaster. The author has done a good job of revealing the interior worlds of the characters through Griswald's understanding of what happened, looking back from half a century later. I was fascinated by the way little pieces of what he recalls completely (and repeatedly) changed my thoughts about what was taking place, as he slowly tells a story of a passionate mystery and the morals of an early 19th century small town in New England. This book had a surprises everywhere, even it's last paragraph!

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