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  • Blood Echoes: The Infamous Alday Mass Murder and Its Aftermath | Thomas H. Cook

    Blood Echoes: The Infamous Alday Mass Murder and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski
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    It was not a clever killing. On May 5, 1973, three men escaped from a Maryland prison and disappeared. Joined by a 15-year-old brother, they surfaced in Georgia, where they were spotted joyriding in a stolen car. Within a week, the four young men were arrested on suspicion of committing one of the most horrific murders in American history. Jerry Alday and his family were eating Sunday dinner when death burst through the door of their cozy little trailer. Their six bodies are only the beginning of this gruesome story.

    Anissa M. Phillips says: "Interesting Book"
  • Instruments of Night | Thomas Cook

    Instruments of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Thomas H. Cook’s mesmerizing novels have attracted many Edgar Award nominations, and his "Chatham School Affair" won the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Filled with the haunting characters that have become Cook’s trademark, Instruments of Night creates a fusion between past and present that is unique and chilling.

    L. B. says: "Good read"
  • Baruch Spinoza: The Giants of Philosophy | Thomas Cook

    Baruch Spinoza: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Thomas Cook
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
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    A Portuguese Jew living in Holland, Spinoza was excommunicated because of the unorthodox view he took of God. Spinoza wrote in the rationalist style of a geometric proof to develop his idea of God as the infinite, indwelling cause of all things, a unified causal system that is virtually synonymous with nature.

    las3tortugas says: "Spinoza, a unknown phylosopher for most people"
  • The Crime of Julian Wells | Thomas H. Cook

    The Crime of Julian Wells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
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    When the body of famed true-crime writer Julian Wells is found in a boat drifting on a Montauk pond, the question isn't how he died, but why. The death looks like an obvious suicide, but why would Wells take his own life? And was this his only crime? Wells' best friend, Philip Anders, wants to know more. His first clue is an Argentinean crime, which may have been Wells' last book idea. As Anders gathers the missing parts of Wells' life, the man he knew - or thought he knew - becomes increasingly obscured.

    A. Koren says: "One of the year's best literary suspense mysteries"
  • Sandrine's Case | Thomas H. Cook

    Sandrine's Case

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    Samuel Madison always wondered what Sandrine saw in him, he a meek, stuffy doctorate student and she a brilliant, beautiful bohemian with limitless talent and imagination. Yet on the surface their marriage seemed perfectly tranquil: jobs at a small liberal arts college, a precocious young daughter, a home filled with art and literature, and trips to some of the world’s most beautiful places. Then one night Sandrine is found dead in their bed from a deadly overdose of pain medication and alcohol, and Samuel is accused of poisoning her.

    Angie Jimenez says: "I was hooked from the start!"
  • Red Leaves | Thomas Cook

    Red Leaves

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Cook
    • Narrated By David Chandler
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    In Red Leaves, Edgar Award-winning author Thomas H. Cook pens a compelling tale of suspicion and its corrosive effects on a family. When a little girl is missing on the morning after his teenaged son baby-sits for her, Eric Moore watches his world crumble as suspicion falls on his son. Although Eric hires a lawyer to prepare his son’s defense, a haunting thought slithers into his mind. What if he has been nurturing a monstrous fiend?

    James says: "red leaves"
  • Early Graves: A True Story of Murder and Passion | Thomas H. Cook

    Early Graves: A True Story of Murder and Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski
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    Evil has a way of finding itself. How else could you explain the bond between Alvin and Judith Ann Neelley, who consecrated their marriage in blood? Before the killings started, they restricted themselves to simple mischief: prank calls, vandalism, firing guns at strangers’ houses. Gradually their ambition grew, until one day at the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia, they spotted Lisa Ann Millican. Three days after Lisa Ann disappeared, the 13-year-old girl was found shot and pumped full of liquid drain cleaner.

    Nick says: "Disappointed."
  • Places in the Dark | Thomas H. Cook

    Places in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    In 1937, a slender young woman arrived in a small Maine town. Dora March was lovely, quiet, and mysterious. Soon the tragedies began: a house fire, a murder, a suicide. Within a year, Dora vanished, leaving behind dark, unanswered questions. But before she disappeared, the town's newspaperman was stabbed to death. Now Cal, the slain man's brother, must tear off the emotional veil clouding his judgement and find Dora March.

  • The Chatham School Affair | Thomas Cook

    The Chatham School Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    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?

    Kathi says: "Winding, intriguing story draws you in"
  • Sacrificial Ground: Frank Clemons, Book 1 | Thomas H. Cook

    Sacrificial Ground: Frank Clemons, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Michael Sutherland
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    The young girl lies in a ditch without a scratch on her - a white high school student stretched out dead in the black part of Atlanta. She was a rich girl from a cold family, too genteel for the neighborhood where she died, and only the baby in her belly suggests how she might have gotten there. For Detective Frank Clemons, the scene is far too familiar. Too close to how it was when he found his own daughter, dead in the woods by her own hand, her youthful beauty cruelly ravaged by depression. To hang on to sanity, he must do everything he can to find justice for the dead.

  • Streets of Fire | Thomas H. Cook

    Streets of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
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    The grave on the football field is shallow, and easy to spot from a distance. It would have been found sooner, had most of the residents in the black half of Birmingham not been downtown, marching, singing, and being arrested alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Police detective Ben Wellman is among them when he gets the call about the fresh grave. Under the loosely packed dirt, he finds a young black girl, her innocence taken and her life along with it. His sergeant orders Wellman to investigate, but instructs him not to try too hard.

    Ted says: "Lyrically Compelling. Clever, Moody, Masterful!"
  • The Interrogation | Thomas H. Cook

    The Interrogation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    One day in 1952, the strangled body of 10-year-old Cathy Lake is discovered in a public park. A homeless suspect, Albert Jay Smalls, is arrested and held for interrogation. Now, Officers Norman Cohen and Jack Pierce have only 24 hours to make the sullen young man talk before he's released. How far are they willing to push him to get a confession?

    Thomas says: "A classic."
  • Breakheart Hill | Thomas H Cook

    Breakheart Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thomas H Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    When a lovely high-school girl is destroyed by a blow to her head, the savage act sends the people of a small southern town reeling. For 30 years, the mystery behind the attack has festered, damaging countless lives. Now the town physician, who once loved the girl, must tell the dark story of what really happened that day.

    Amazon Customer says: "a great literary mystery"
  • The Quest for Anna Klein | Thomas H. Cook

    The Quest for Anna Klein

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    Thomas Danforth has lived a fortunate life. The son of a wealthy importer, he traveled the world in his youth, and now, in his twenties, he lives in New York City and runs the family business. It is 1939, and the world is on the brink of war, but Danforth's life is untroubled, his future assured. Then, on a snowy evening walk along Gramercy Park, a friend poses a fateful question. As it turns out, this friend has a dangerous idea that can change the world.

    Richard Delman says: "A review with extremely mixed feelings."
  • Mortal Memory | Thomas H. Cook

    Mortal Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
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    Steve Farris is an unexceptional middle-aged architect with an extraordinary past: When he was 9, his father came home one evening and coolly murdered his mother, brother, and sister before vanishing off the face of the earth. Steve has coped mainly by blotting out the terrible memories, but when writer Rebecca Soltero arrives to interview him about his father, he is forced to reawaken the horrors of his childhood.

  • Blood Innocents | Thomas H. Cook

    Blood Innocents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Jonah Cummings
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    Blood seeps into the gutters at the Children's Zoo in Central Park. Two deer have been slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven times and the other slashed across the neck. Normally it would be a case for the Parks Department, but these are no ordinary deer. The pride of the small menagerie, they were given to the zoo by a prominent socialite who cannot afford bloody headlines. The NYPD hands the case to Detective Reardon, star of the homicide squad. A recent widower at fifty-six, Reardon has seen too many human victims to care much about the two butchered animals.

  • Into the Web | Thomas Cook

    Into the Web

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas Cook
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    Into the Web stars Roy Slater, a young man who 25 years ago ran away from his hometown to escape the consequences of an unspeakable crime. Now, Roy returns to see his father die and is caught up in another scandal. Murder rocks the small town, and for Roy it draws him into the same web of deceit and treachery he tried so hard to leave behind. Tom Stechschulte's intense narration will have listeners on the edges of their seats.

    Amazon Customer says: "Never boring"
  • Flesh and Blood: A Frank Clemons Mystery, Book 2 | Thomas H. Cook

    Flesh and Blood: A Frank Clemons Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
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    The sleek high-rises of Park Avenue make Frank Clemons uneasy. The former Atlanta homicide detective came to New York after a sickening murder case soured him on the South, but despite the glitz and excitement of his new surroundings and the beauty of the woman he shares them with, the city makes his skin crawl. Now a private eye, he is only at ease in the city's darker corners, among the whores, gamblers, and pimps who call Eighth Avenue home. That affinity for the socially isolated is what draws him to the case of Hannah Karlsberg, an elderly seamstress who deserved a better death than she got.

    Bags says: "The Past Explains the Present"
  • Night Secrets: Frank Clemons, Book 3 | Thomas H. Cook

    Night Secrets: Frank Clemons, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
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    The first case is simple. A wealthy man’s wife has grown distant, and he asks Frank Clemons, a private eye hardened by his past work on Atlanta’s homicide beat, to find out why. There are a number of simple reasons why a young woman might withdraw from her older husband, but the spurned spouse rejects them all. Her jewelry is disappearing, but he insists that she doesn’t have trouble with blackmail, drugs, or gambling. The answer must be more complex, and he begs Frank to find out what it is.

  • The Cloud of Unknowing | Thomas H. Cook

    The Cloud of Unknowing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    David Sears grew up in the shadow of his brilliant younger 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.

    Dawn says: "Needs Another Reader"
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