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Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell, now a cautious risk management consultant, was a well-intentioned aid worker dedicated to improving conditions in Lubanda, a newly independent African country. He is forced to reconsider that year of living dangerously when a friend from his time in Lubanda is found murdered in a New York alley. Signs suggest that this most recent tragedy is rooted in the far more distant one of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever truly loved and whose fate he’d sealed in a moment of grievous error: In Lubanda, twenty years before, I’d rolled the dice for a woman who was not even present at the table, and on the outcome of that toss, a braver and more knowing heart than mine had been forfeited.

Martine Aubert was a white, native Lubandan farmer whose dream for her homeland starkly conflicted with those charged with its so-called development. But Ray’s failure to understand Martine’s commitment to her country had placed a noose around her neck, one tightened by a circle of vicious men, cruel taunts, and whistling machetes.

It is Ray’s return to the passion he’d once felt for Martine that makes A Dancer in the Dust the enthralling and moving story of two loves: Ray’s love for Martine Aubert and Martine’s love for a homeland that did not love her back.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Love of country prevails over romantic love, as award-winning author Cook peels back the political machinations in a country roiled with violent upheavals, deception, and betrayal in which international aid is not the panacea it might seem. While chronological shifts may be confusing, Cook takes on international-relations issues here to riveting effect.”


  • “Cook displays an excellent grasp of the culture of African villages and of NGOs.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cook’s hallmark format of the present mixing with the past is evident. Less a murder mystery, the story is more about love and betrayal…[with] evocative, descriptive writing, a narrative that maintains interest, and a plot-twist ending. It will appeal to both the author’s fans and readers who enjoy more literary and politically oriented stories.”

    Library Journal

  • An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
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