Synopses & Reviews
From Edgar Award-winning author Thomas H. Cook, A Dancer in the Dust
is a deeply moving literary thriller about ill-fated love: one mans love for an extraordinary woman, and one womans love for her troubled country.
Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell was an aid worker dedicated to improving conditions in Lubanda, a newly independent African country. He is shocked when a friend from that time is now found murdered in a New York alley, especially because signs suggest that his murder is connected to the tragic death decades ago of Martine Aubert—the only woman Ray ever truly loved. Martine Aubert was a white, native Lubandan farmer whose dream for her homeland starkly conflicted with those charged with its so-called development. And Rays failure to understand Martines commitment to her country had led him to seal her fate in a moment of grievous error. As Ray returns to Lubanda to investigate the cause of his friends murder, he also returns to the passion hed once felt for Martine and vows, in her memory, to rectify his wrongs.
Edgar Award winner Thomas Cook has a string of beautifully written and elegantly plotted thrillers to his name. A Dancer in the Dust
is one of his best ever. This lush story combines current events and a wonderfully realized love story.”Globe and Mail
Cook excels at merging contemporary and past storylines into one narrative . . . [and] masterfully captures the tumultuous state of a country in upheaval.”Kirkus Reviews
Not since John Le Carrés The Mission Song have I seen such a loving and sorrowful portrait of modern Africa. . . . A dark read, but a worthwhile one.”News and Observer (Raleigh)
[A] very readable genre-twisting thriller/love story/crime novel that will captivate readers from the start to the finish.”Huntington News
Highly recommended.”I Love a Mystery
About the Author
Thomas H. Cook
has been nominated for eight Edgar Awards in five different categories and won the Edgar Award for Best Novel for The Chatham School Affair
. He is also the recipient of the Martin Beck Award of the Swedish Academy of Detection, the Herodotus Prize for Best Historical Short Story, and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He lives in Massachusetts.