A memoir of a lifetime's adventure to some of the darkest places on earthand the first work of nonfiction from this award-winning crime novelist.
Thomas Cook has always been drawn to dark places, for the powerful emotions they evoke and for what we can learn from them. These lessons are often unexpected and sometimes profoundly intimate, but they are never straightforward.
With his wife and daughter, Cook travels across the globe in search of darknessfrom Lourdes to Ghana, from San Francisco to Verdun, from the monumental, mechanised horror of Auschwitz to the intimate personal grief of a shrine to dead infants in Kamukura, Japan. Along the way he reflects on what these sites may teach us, not only about human history, but about our own personal histories.
During the course of a lifetime of traveling to some of earth's most tragic locals, from the leper colony on Molokai to ground zero at Hiroshima, he finds not only darkness, but a light that can illuminate the darkness within each of us. Written in vivid prose, this is at once a personal memoir of exploration (both external and internal) and a strangely heartening look at the radiance and optimism that may be found at the very heart of darkness.
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About the Author
Thomas H. Cook is best known as a hugely popular crime novelist. He is the winner of the Edgar Award for The Chatham School Affair and has been shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger and the Anthony Award. He divides his time between Cape Cod and Los Angeles. This is his first work of nonfiction.
Table of Contents
Prologue: By Way of the Alcázar 1
Snapshot: Cosenza 46
Snapshot: Nadi, Fiji 84
Snapshot: Granada 118
Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires 123
The Forest and the Bridge 137
Snapshot: Adanwomase 156
New Echota 192
Snapshot: Kumasi 211
Monte Sano Mountain/Copenhagen Harbour/Landet Churchyard/Pére Lachaise/Verona 217
Snapshot: Phu Quoc 252
Melos/Kampot/Krong Kep/Saigon 256
Snapshot: Alice Springs 275
Ground Zero 295
Choeung Ek/Tuol Sleng 316
Snapshot: Tangiers 326
Martha's Vineyard 333
Snapshot: Place de Grève 347
The Case for Darkness: An Itinerary 356
Selected Bibliography 367