This Goodly Land

Thomas H. Cook (September 19, 1947–present)

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Biographical Information

Thomas H. Cook was born and raised in Fort Payne, Ala. Although he started writing as a child, Cook didn’t read regularly until he was in college, when he was inspired by works such as Melville’s Moby Dick and Faulkner’s A Light in August. After earning a BA in English and philosophy from Georgia State College in 1969, Cook moved to New York City. From 1970 to 1972, he worked in the advertising department of U.S. Industrial Chemicals and attended Hunter College, earning an MA in American history in 1972. From 1973 to 1975, he worked as a clerk-typist for the Association for the Help of Retarded Adults and took graduate courses at Columbia University, earning an MPhil in 1976. Cook moved back to Georgia and taught English and history at Dekalb (Ga.) Community College from 1978 to 1981. Cook also worked for Atlanta magazine from 1978 until 1982, when he resigned to write full-time. Cook began his first novel Blood Innocents, while he was still in graduate school. It was published in 1980, and he has published steadily since then. A movie version of one of his books, Evidence of Blood, was released in 1998. Cook lives with his family in Cape Cod and New York City.

Interests and Themes

Thomas H. Cook writes murder mysteries, true crime books, novels, and short stories. Many of his works are set in rural areas of the South.

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Last updated on May 30, 2008.

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