The Last Talk With Lola FayeBook - 2010/08/06
Baker & Taylor
Historian Lucas Page visits St. Louis to give a reading. Among the attendees is someone he does not expect: Lola Faye Gilroy, the "other woman" he has long blamed for his father's murder decades earlier. Now he must discover why Lola Faye has come and what she is after--before it is too late.
For Years, Lucas Page Has Known Whom To Blame For His Father's Murder. But Lola Faye Gilroy Has A Different Story To Tell...
"I have long been an admirer of Thomas H. Cook's novels, and The Last Talk with Lola Faye is one of his best yet: an expertly plotted, beautifully written, compelling and suspenseful book."-Harlan Coben, Author Of Caught
"Thomas H. Cook is a rare jewel of a writer, a powerful storyteller and an elegant stylist. If you are not familiar with his work, you absolutely should be."ùJohn Hart, Author Of The Last Child
"In this tightly coiled intellectual drama, Cook unwinds a marvel', tense story of belated redemption."ùPublishers Weekly, Starred Review
Lucas Page, once an ambitious historian, now resigned to mediocrity, visits St. Louis to give a sparsely attended readingùnothing out of the ordinary. Except among the yawning attendees is someone he did not expect: Lola Faye Gilroy, the "other woman" he has long blamed for his father's murder decades earlier.
Reluctantly, Luke joins Lola Faye for a drink. As one drink turns into several, these two battered souls relive, from their different perspectives, the most searing experience of their lives. Slowly but surely, the hotel bar dissolves around them and they are transported back to the tiny southern town where this defining momentùa violent crime of passionùis turned in the light once more to reveal flaws in the old answers. As it turns out, there is much Luke doesn't know. And what he doesn't know can hurt him. Trapped in an increasingly intense emotional exchange, and with no place to go save into his own dark past, Luke struggles to gain control of an ever more threatening conversation, to discover why Lola Faye has come and what she is after-before it is too late.
Unexpectedly visited by a woman he blames for his father's murder decades earlier, historian Lucas Page reluctantly agrees to a drink during which they exchange what they know about the crime and Lucas begins to realize that dangerous forces are in play.
Unexpectedly visited by a woman he blames for his father's murder decades earlier, historian Lucas Page reluctantly agrees to a drink during which they exchange what they know about the crime and Lucas begins to realize that dangerous forces are in play. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of The Chatham School Affair.
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True to Thomas H. Cook's style of storytelling, The Last Talk with Lola Faye features lots of flashback as history professor and author Luke Paige recalls and relates details of his father's murder and his own departure from small town Alabama to Harvard University to Lola Faye, a former employee of Paige's father. Due to the dark nature of the tale, the book doesn't become compelling until nearly the end, when, true to form, Cook's surprise ending comes completely out of the blue.
For those new to Thomas H. Cook's writing, I would not recommend starting with this volume. Rather try Evidence of Blood or The Chatham School Affair.
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