The Crime of Julian Wells by Thomas H. Cook

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

Philip's own odyssey—to find the meaning behind his friend's death—is one of the many pleasures of Mr. Cook's intelligent and elegant work.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

With THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS, Thomas H. Cook, one of America's most acclaimed suspense writers, has written a novel in the grand tradition of the twisty, cerebral thriller. Like Eric Ambler's A COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS and Graham Greene's THE THIRD MAN, it is a mystery of identity, or assumed identity, a journey into the maze of a mysterious life.

When famed true-crime writer Julian Wells' body if found in a boat drifting on a Montauk pond, the question is not how he died, but why?

The death is obviously a suicide. But why would Julian Wells have taken his own life? And was this his only crime? These are the questions that first intrigue and then obsess Philip Anders, Wells' best friend and the chief defender of both his moral and his literary legacies.

Anders' increasingly passionate and dangerous quest to answer these questions becomes a journey into a haunted life, one marked by travel, learning, achievement and adventure, a life that should have been celebrated, but whose lonely end points to terrors still unknown.

Spanning four decades and traversing three continents, THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS is a journey into one man's heart of darkness than ends in a blaze of light.

 

About Thomas H. Cook

See more books from this Author
Thomas H. Cook is a legendary figure in crime writing. He has been nominated for the Edgar seven times in five different categories. He is the recipient of the Best Novel Edgar for The Chatham School Affair, the Martin Beck Award of the Swedish Academy of Detection, the Herodotus Prize for Best Historical Short Story, and the Barry for Best Novel for Red Leaves. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed The Crime of Julian Wells. He splits his time between New York City and Cape Cod.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Mysterious Press. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Crime of Julian Wells
All: 2 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 0

WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Aug 24 2012

Philip's own odyssey—to find the meaning behind his friend's death—is one of the many pleasures of Mr. Cook's intelligent and elegant work.

Read Full Review of The Crime of Julian Wells | See more reviews from WSJ online

LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Nicholas Basbanes on Aug 30 2012

Cook's characterizations are richly balanced and finely nuanced, with a narrative driven more by psychological insight than pyrotechnics.

Read Full Review of The Crime of Julian Wells | See more reviews from LA Times

Reader Rating for The Crime of Julian Wells
70%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 73 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×