The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook

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George Gates used to be a travel writer who specialized in places where people disappeared—Judge Crater, the Lost Colony.Then his eight-year-old son was murdered, the killer never found, and Gates gave up disappearance. Now he writes stories of redemptive triviality about flower festivals and local celebrities for the town paper, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son’s last day.

Enter Arlo MacBride, a retired missing-persons detective still obsessed with the unsolved case of Katherine Carr. When he gives Gates the story she left behind—a story of a man stalking a woman named Katherine Carr—Gates too is drawn inexorably into a search for the missing author’s brief life and uncertain fate. And as he goes deeper, he begins to suspect that her tale holds the key not only to her fate, but to his own.

 

About Thomas H. Cook

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Thomas H. Cook is the author of sixteen novels, including The Chatham School Affair, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel; The Interrogation; Instruments of Night; Breakheart Hill; Mortal Memory; Sacrificial Ground and Blood Innocents, both Edgar Award nominees; and two early works about true crimes, Early Graves and Blood Echoes. He lives in New York City and Cape Cod, where he is at work on his next novel.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 23, 2009 by Mariner Books. 300 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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A profile he’s writing for his local newspaper on Arlo McBride, who retired from Rhode Island’s Department of Missing Persons years after Teddy was found dead, kindles his interest in the case of Katherine Carr, a promising poet who went missing five years after an earlier attack left her for dea...

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Although The Fate of Katherine Carr bolts out of the starting gate with Mr. Cook’s characteristically lovely prose and a plot engineered to freak out even the most stoic reader, the story falls far short of his better efforts in the genre.

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Reviewing the Evidence

It is a story within a story within a story within a story.

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When he gives Gates the story she left behind—a story of a man stalking a woman named Katherine Carr—Gates too is drawn inexorably into a search for the missing author’s brief life and uncertain fate.

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