The Chatham School Affair

The Chatham School Affair

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by Thomas H. Cook
     
 

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Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever scarred the young boy. Layer by layer, in The Chatham School Affair, Cook paints a stunning portrait of a woman, a school, and a town in which

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Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever scarred the young boy. Layer by layer, in The Chatham School Affair, Cook paints a stunning portrait of a woman, a school, and a town in which passionate violence seems impossible...and inevitable. "Thomas Cook's night visions, seen through a lens darkly, are haunting," raved the New York Times Book Review, and The Chatham School Affair will cement this superb writer's position as one of crime fiction's most prodigious talents, a master of the unexpected ending.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW gave a starred review to this "literate, compelling novel" about passion and tragedy in 1920s Cape Cod. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The destruction that passion can wreak is well demonstrated in this austere new novel by the author of Breakheart Hill (LJ 7/95). From the August day in 1926 that Elizabeth Channing comes to teach art at a private school outside Boston, Henry Griswald, son of the headmaster, finds himself a willing accomplice in the love affair between Channing and Leland Reed, a World War I veteran and fellow teacher. Now a bachelor in his seventies, Griswald looks back over a year in his adolescence that culminated in violent death and the destruction of innocent lives, a year that taught him the dangers of strong emotions. Although none of the characters except Henry is well developedit's particularly difficult to understand what attraction the lovers have for each anotherCook effectively builds the tension through the use of foreshadowing. This well-written, genre-stretching mystery starts slowly and delivers a powerful ending. Appropriate for public libraries of all sizes.Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553571936
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
551,889
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas H. Cook (1947) is an American mystery author. His first book Blood Innocents was published in 1980 while he was still in graduate school. He is perhaps best known for his Edgar Award winning novel published in 1996. His 2006 novel Red Leaves was the winner of the Barry and Martin Beck awards. His is the author of dozens of novels and lives in Cape Cod and New York City with his family.

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Chatham School Affair 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For reasons like The Chatham School Affair, Thomas H. Cook is my favorite author. This book, unlike some of his others, does not have the wrenching plot twists we have come to expect from Cook. It does have more subtle character twists. It does bring that that big payoff at the end, which fits very well into this story. The last page changes our minds about the main character. Very smoothly written, easy to follow despite the many characters. Each person has a place and is defined quite well. Cook has very good control over his use of suspense. The 'murder mystery' genre applauds this title. I reccomend reading this title over a few days. It's definitely not a one-day read.
painter1 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful command of the language, plots filled with tension and surprises. Cook never fails to give me a thought provoking read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Thomas Cook's books. He has such great imagination and a wonderful new twist on mystery. Read one and you will be hooked!
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A deeply suspenseful and atmospheric tale,the setting of which is cape cod in the 1920's. A story of impossible love, deep misunderstanding, obsession and betrayal...and betrayal on so many levels,from so many sources. It leaves you questioning who to blame.
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buryuntime More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, definitely not the best by Cook. It took me awhile to get hooked to the book but once that happened I didn't put it down. The whole book feels predictable until you get to the last pages and you're like "Oh". So when I got to the end it was a surprise but the rest of the book didn't keep me guessing... guess I should have been. =]
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