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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (341 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Cook Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Multiple Edgar Award nominee Thomas H. Cook is the author of dark, terrifying thrillers like Places in the Darkand Red Leaves. In Master of the Delta, it's 1954 down in Mississippi and Jack Branch has finally come home, taking a job as a high school teacher. He soon learns that one of his students is the son of a notorious local murderer, the Coed Killer. And as they say, like father, like son. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 2/17/2014

    " Something bad happened some time ago. Did the narrator see it, do it, survive it? Subtly creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Parker | 1/23/2014

    " Love this book. The story is gripping and keeps you a bit off balance. The historical and literary references add to the story. Cook is one of my favorite authors. This book and The Chatham School Affair are excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 1/19/2014

    " As usual, Cook's eloquent story telling enhances an already fascinating story line. Great characters, well woven plot line, and enough hooks along the way to keep the reader wondering just how the story will end up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Zink | 1/17/2014

    " Cook uses words well, but he took an incident which I don't think made a full-length novel. The book was about a high school teacher and his students, and to me it was not realistic or believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Du | 1/14/2014

    " I had never read any of Cook's books. Actually, I hadn't head of him. I pretty much read this in one session. It read well, and was a great roller coaster set in the 50s South. There was some great illusion, and great characters from both sides of the tracks. The prose can be long winded but the imagery was fun and appropriate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 glitrbug | 1/13/2014

    " Bought it by mistake & decided to read it anyway. Unrelievedly gloomy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/31/2013

    " The story jumps back and forth in time, I believe to build suspense, but it didn't really work for me. The plot itself was decent, but not fantastic. And the suspense that was built was a bit overdone for the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny Niehoff | 12/27/2013

    " Great book that made you think. It kept me thinking/guessing throughout the entire book. Really cool ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid Boehm | 12/19/2013

    " The author did an amazing job of keeping the reader in suspense. There were a lot of flash backs and forwards, but they were not too confusing. If you like books about the south (especially Louisiana) and murder mysteries, I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 8/7/2013

    " The reviews sounded promising -- teacher goes back to his southern home to teach a course called "On Evil", discovers that one of his students is the son of the town's infamous "Coed Killer". It's pretty interesting and a page turner but fairly lightweight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie | 6/13/2013

    " Complex and compelling. More than just a good story. Well written and thought provoking. Now I will look for more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 4/25/2012

    " Publishers Weekly picked this as one of the best books of 2008. Although well written with an appropriate voice for the character and period, having a 1950s high school teacher discuss rape and violence in a class called "Evil" is so completely out of period that I couldn't get past it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 3/16/2012

    " I liked the author's style of writing and use of words. He described thoughts and feelings so well that I related to them. The book became more interesting to me as I got towards the end. The way he wrote made me eager to know how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 10/16/2011

    " Listening to. **** Well that was disappointing. I'm giving the audioversion 3 stars because of the great reader who transported me to the old South. But after all of the build up and the foreshadowing I was underwhelmed by the climax. Maybe I'm just jaded. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie Haynes | 10/2/2011

    " I really did not like the heavy-handed foreshadowing, The narrator's arrogance, literary references, and disjointed flashbacks all felt awkwardly done to me. After finishing I did wonder if it was purposefully done that way. Even if that is the case, it was just too annoying to redeem the work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bre | 8/21/2011

    " Picked it up 'cause I liked the cover. Turned out books not so hot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 8/17/2011

    " Good enough for a holiday diversion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anthony | 8/16/2011

    " This book was all over the place and I wanted to strangle the narrator / main character halfway through. Big disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 glitrbug | 5/17/2011

    " Bought it by mistake & decided to read it anyway. Unrelievedly gloomy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 10/2/2010

    " I usually dislike murder mysteries-after all, everybody wants to read about it but nobody wants to hear about it if it happened in your family-but all of his books have presented it from a sensitive viewpoint.
    That means he acknowledges that murder is more than something for shock effect.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bre | 9/11/2010

    " Picked it up 'cause I liked the cover. Turned out books not so hot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 7/17/2010

    " The story jumps back and forth in time, I believe to build suspense, but it didn't really work for me. The plot itself was decent, but not fantastic. And the suspense that was built was a bit overdone for the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 2/28/2010

    " As usual, Cook's eloquent story telling enhances an already fascinating story line. Great characters, well woven plot line, and enough hooks along the way to keep the reader wondering just how the story will end up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 11/10/2009

    " i enjoyed this book. i liked how it was told from the present looking back, from the past, and from the court case so show how everything played out.
    also a very nice twist at the ending, i didn't see that coming at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 9/1/2009

    " I liked this book. It had a nice flow. An ominous tone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/28/2009

    " Very intriguing deep Southern tragedy. I would have preferred a more upbeat ending but it would not have been in keeping w/the spirit of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 7/30/2009

    " Something bad happened some time ago. Did the narrator see it, do it, survive it? Subtly creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/21/2009

    " Another wonderful book by this author. I'm going to read everything I can by him. "

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About the Author

Thomas H. Cook was born in Fort Payne, Alabama. He has been nominated for the Edgar Award seven times in five different categories. He received the best novel Edgar for The Chatham School Affair, the Martin Beck Award, the Herodotus Prize for best historical short story, and the Barry for best novel for Red Leaves, and has been nominated for numerous other awards.

About the Narrator

T. Ryder Smith is an actor based in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in many off-Broadway shows including Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Lebensraum, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. Smith has also made numerous television appearances on series such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and others.