Thomas H. Cook
Born (1947-09-19) September 19, 1947 (age 73)
Fort Payne, Alabama
Alma materGeorgia State College, Hunter College, Columbia University
Notable work
The Chatham School Affair, Red Leaves
AwardsEdgar Award, Barry Award, Duncan Lawrie Dagger, Anthony Award, Martin Beck Award

Thomas H. Cook (born September 19, 1947) is an American author, whose 1996 novel The Chatham School Affair received an Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America.[1]


Thomas H. Cook was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, and holds a bachelor's degree from Georgia State College, a master's degree in American history from Hunter College, and a Master of Philosophy degree from Columbia University.[2]

From 1978 to 1981, Cook taught English and History at Dekalb Community College in Georgia, and served as book review editor for Atlanta magazine from 1978 to 1982, when he took up writing full-time.

Cook began his first novel, Blood Innocents, while he was still in graduate school.[2] It was published in 1980, and he has published steadily since then. A film version of one of his books, Evidence of Blood, was released in 1997.[3]

Six of his novels have been nominated for awards, including Red Leaves in 2006, which was also shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's Duncan Lawrie Dagger and the Anthony Award, and went on to win the Barry Award and the Martin Beck Award.

Cook lives with his family in Cape Cod and New York City and Los Angeles.



  1. ^ MSN Encarta Encyclopedia: The Chatham School Affair.
  2. ^ a b "This Goodly Land". Retrieved Aug 3, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Evidence of Blood (1998)". Retrieved Aug 3, 2020 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)