Master of the Delta

Master of the Delta

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Houghton
In 1954 Mississippi, Jack Branch returns to his father’s Delta estate, Great Oaks, to perform an act of noblesse oblige: teaching at the local high school. Conducting a class on historical evil, Jack is shocked to discover that his unassuming student Eddie is the son of the Coed Killer, a notorious local murderer. Jack feels compelled to mentor the boy, encouraging Eddie to examine his father’s crime and using his own good name to open the doors that Eddie’s lineage can’t. But when Eddie’s investigation leads him to Great Oaks and to Jack’s own father, Jack finds himself questioning Eddie’s motivesand his own.

As the deadly consequences of Jack’s actions fall inescapably into place, Thomas H. Cook masterfully reveals the darker truths that lurk in the recesses of small-town lives and in the hearts of even well-intentioned men.


Baker & Taylor
Returning home to his father's estate in 1954 Mississippi to take a job teaching at the local high school, Jack Branch befriends Eddie, one of his students and the son of a notorious local murderer, but his efforts on Eddie's behalf could have deadly consequences.

Harcourt Publishing
In 1954 Mississippi, Jack Branch returns to his father’s Delta estate, Great Oaks, to perform an act of noblesse oblige: teaching at the local high school. Conducting a class on historical evil, Jack is shocked to discover that his unassuming student Eddie is the son of the Coed Killer, a notorious local murderer. Jack feels compelled to mentor the boy, encouraging Eddie to examine his father’s crime and using his own good name to open the doors that Eddie’s lineage can’t. But when Eddie’s investigation leads him to Great Oaks and to Jack’s own father, Jack finds himself questioning Eddie’s motives—and his own.

As the deadly consequences of Jack’s actions fall inescapably into place, Thomas H. Cook masterfully reveals the darker truths that lurk in the recesses of small-town lives and in the hearts of even well-intentioned men.


Blackwell North Amer
Jack Branch has returned to his father's Delta estate, Great Oaks, to perform an act of noblesse oblige by teaching at the local high school. Conducting a class on historical evil, Jack is shocked to discover that his unassuming student Eddie is the son of the Coed Killer, a notorious local murderer. Jack feels compelled to mentor the boy, encouraging Eddie to examine his father's crime and using his own good name to open the doors that Eddie's lineage can't. But when Eddie's investigation leads him to Great Oaks and a friendship with Jack's own father, Jack finds himself questioning Eddie's motives - and his own.
As the deadly consequences of Jack's actions fall inescapably into place, Thomas H. Cook masterfully reveals the darker truths that lurk in the recesses of small-town lives and in the hearts of even well-intentioned men.

Baker
& Taylor

Returning home to his father's estate, Great Oaks, in 1954 Mississippi to take a job teaching at the local high school, Jack Branch befriends Eddie, one of his students and the son of the Coed Killer, a notorious local murderer, but he soon discovers that his efforts on Eddie's behalf could have deadly consequences in a small town hiding dark secrets.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780151012541
0151012547
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 24 cm.

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KarenW
Nov 09, 2015

Cook, as always, can create a tale so meandering but so utterly captivating, he will have you booked in the first chapter. And this tightly wound novel is like a jack in the box, it slowly cranks up until the explosive ending. There are little hints along the way, but the reader is led down a path that is so obscured by "mackerel in the moonlight that shines and stinks" you never really know what is coming.

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Pisinga
Jan 30, 2013

Up to half of the book - I found it a bit slow, and with very predictable dialogues. But as I continued reading - once again I was convinced that Thomas H. Cook is a writer - a master in a drama that combines psychology and suspense, despite many, how shall I put it more precisely, - whimsical expressions. This author has leitmotif in his books - evil, which according to author, can manifest not only in direct violence, but be hidden in each human beings, and could come out in different ways, which would affect the lives of others in a very negative outcome, sometimes fatal.

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