The Last Talk with Lola Faye by Thomas H. Cook

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Middling historian Lucas Paige visits St. Louis to give a sparsely attended reading—nothing 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 moment—a violent crime of passion—is 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 back 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.   A taut literary thriller in the gothic tradition of Master of the Delta.
 

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 August 6, 2010 by Mariner Books. 293 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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he wonders: “Nice seeing you in Saint Louis”?), Luke joins her for a drink that turns into an endless colloquy, an insinuating interrogation by his late father’s mistress that reveals layers of illusion and self-deception and ends by turning his world upside-down by forcing him to acknowledge jus...

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While in St. Louis for a book tour, Luke Page, a middle-aged writer of lackluster histories, agrees to meet with a long-forgotten acquaintance, the “little hayseed tramp” he believes triggered a bloody tragedy that befell his family decades earlier.

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Cook's story may be a thriller, but his book is really about redemption and regret, an engrossing read for the dog days of summer.

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Luke Paige is a mediocre college lecturer and equally mediocre author of history books.

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Review: Martin Lucas "Luke" Paige, a Harvard-educated historian, is in a St. Louis museum on tour to promote his latest book, Fatal Choices, when a woman from his past — his father's mistress — come up to him, suggesting they might get together for a drink, talk about old times in The Last Talk w...

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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.

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During the course of their subsequent assignation at the hotel bar-- during which she sips deeply from the appletini of knowledge, it would seem-- Lola Faye gently but thoroughly pulls Luke into the most pivotal period of his past, during which he harbored what he comes to realize were wild misas...

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