The Crime of Julian Wells

The Crime of Julian Wells Review

With THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS, Thomas H. Cook, one of America's most acclaimed suspense writers, has written a novel in the grand tradition of the twisty, cerebral thriller. Like Eric Ambler's A COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS and Graham Greene's THE THIRD MAN, it is a mystery of identity, or assumed identity, a journey into the maze of a mysterious life.

When famed true-crime writer Julian Wells' body if found in a boat drifting on a Montauk pond, the question is not how he died, but why?

The death is obviously a suicide. But why would Julian Wells have taken his own life? And was this his only crime? These are the questions that first intrigue and then obsess Philip Anders, Wells' best friend and the chief defender of both his moral and his literary legacies.

Anders' increasingly passionate and dangerous quest to answer these questions becomes a journey into a haunted life, one marked by travel, learning, achievement and adventure, a life that should have been celebrated, but whose lonely end points to terrors still unknown.

Spanning four decades and traversing three continents, THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS is a journey into one man's heart of darkness than ends in a blaze of light.

Title:The Crime of Julian Wells
Edition Language:English

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  • Tracey

    Well, that was pretentious.Extended version: I didn’t get too far into this. Extremely early on comes this line, and I noted it wondering if it might be a pre-emptive strike: “I, the stay-at-home ...

  • Carol

    The Crime of Julian Wells is definitely not happy book. It is dark and if you don't watch out it will pull you down, too, into the depths of its evil premise. Reminding myself that it is only fiction,...

  • Mary

    I feel like Thomas Cook had a big jar of fortune cookies on his desk and every time a character mused, "I remember Julian once said...." he pulled one out and wrote down whatever pithy saying lurked i...

  • Liz

    This was a bad novel. Stunningly awful. Please do yourself a favor and do not read this book (thank me later). Early on, I plowed through, thinking that the story would pick up, as suspense novels wit...

  • Bandit

    I was not familiar with the author's work prior to this, this was one of those picked up on a whim to see if I can discover a new writer book that really paid out. Thomas H. Cook (judging by this book...

  • Jenny

    I am a great fan of Thomas H Cook and have read most of his books. I was quite happy to spend a little extra and order a hardcover copy of The Crime of Julian Wells from overseas because I didn’t wa...

  • Tony

    THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS. (2012). Thomas H. Cook. ***. Mr. Cook is an excellent writer who writes what I would term cerebral psychological mysteries. Mostly they come off OK. This one almost made it,...

  • Gatorman

    Disappointing effort from Cook. The story of a man who sets out to discover why his friend killed himself bogs down in its own self-importance and lacks the true literary weight that is usually found ...

  • Betsy Hetzel

    One probably does not love every book written by a favorite author; that even sounds like an impossible task. This was not one of my favorite Thomas Cool books, although I will always enjoy his appea...

  • Nancy Oakes

    Seriously, this book is a stellar read. If you've read anything by this author, you know he gets into the human psyche with his work and here he's in peak form. It's a definite "don't miss." I'll give...