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The Last Talk with Lola Faye
 
 
Author
Thomas H. Cook.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780547520292
Pages/Publication Date 275/2010
Daedalus Item Code 23737
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Middling historian Lucas Paige visits St. Louis to give a sparsely attended reading, in this gothic literary thriller from the author of Master of the Delta and the Edgar Award winner The Chatham School Affair. And among the yawning attendees is someone he did not expect ever to see again: 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. As it turns out, there is much Luke doesn't know—and what he doesn't know can hurt him.

"In this tightly coiled, intellectual drama, [Thomas] Cook unwinds a marvelously tense story of belated redemption. While in St. Louis for a book tour, Luke Paige, 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. The story alternates between Luke's recollections of his hometown; the 'heady ambition' of the despicably cruel, contemptuous younger Luke, who wants to go to Harvard and gets swept up 'in the lethal tide of [his] own grand dream'; and the numb, disillusioned academic who sits down for a drink with Lola Faye Gilroy. A vertiginous precipice eventually materializes in front of Luke, who must finally confront the true nature of his father's heinous murder and its equally tragic aftermath. The younger Luke is without a doubt one of the more convincing modern villains, a single-minded overachiever devoured by raging oedipal loathing and equally consumed by narcissistic ambition."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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