Instruments of Night
This one is about a near-suicidal writer who lives mostly inside his mind. A rich woman hires him to imagine the solution to a long-ago murder. She doesn’t expect him to solve the crime, but only to imagine a plausible scenario that will give the surviving relatives peace of mind. He nevertheless gets drawn into the case and sets out to actually solve the murder. Before long, he comes up with an explanation, which I guarantee you will accept. But as soon as he has you convinced that this is what took place, he tears down the entire theory. And you will believe that he was right in tearing it down. And you will feel foolish for believing him in the first place! Cook does this again and again to you throughout the novel. Each explanation is more plausible than the last – and each is wrong. The truth comes out in the end and I guarantee it will be a total (and very shocking) surprise. This book is delightful because it operates on so many levels. It’s an incredibly imaginative piece of writing. If you enjoy the art of good mystery writing, you will love this book.