The Last Talk With Lola Faye

The Last Talk With Lola Faye

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Middling historian Lucas Paige visits St. Louis to give a sparsely attended reading--nothing out of the ordinary. Except among the yawning attendees is someone he did not expect: Lola Faye Gilroy, the "other woman" he has long blamed for his father's murder decades earlier.   Reluctantly, Luke joins Lola Faye for a drink. As one drink turns into several, these two battered souls relive, from their different perspectives, the most searing experience of their lives. Slowly but surely, the hotel bar dissolves around them and they are transported back to the tiny southern town where this defining moment--a violent crime of passion--is turned in the light once more to reveal flaws in the old answers. As it turns out, there is much Luke doesn't know. And what he doesn't know can hurt him. Trapped in an increasingly intense emotional exchange, and with no place to go save back into his own dark past, Luke struggles to gain control of an ever more threatening conversation, to discover why Lola Faye has come and what she is after--before it is too late.   A taut literary thriller in the gothic tradition of Master of the Delta .
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2010.
ISBN: 9780151014071
0151014078
Characteristics: 275 p. ;,24 cm.

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Pisinga
Feb 08, 2013

At first this book for me was kind of boring, slow, with composition: "questions and answers that will lead us to the truth." But in the end I liked the fact that the author emphasizes the idea: "Attain your dream walking by corpses - does not bring happiness." And it is better, in my opinion, of the ideas that have recently introduced so deeply into the literature by various authors, and not only in literature, that nobody and nothing can get in the way to achieving one's dream. Now you can find in many books of popular authors about how you should go to your dreams, no matter what. That so to speak "movement" to your dream will usually resulting in destruction, misery and injustice for people who love you and care about you. The end of the book I found a little unreal, like extracted from a finger, to demonstrate that the good deeds of today can forgive past crimes.

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Palomino
May 05, 2011

To think how many @#$ppy award-winning literature supposedly well-written novels I've wasted time on, why hasn't Cook won Canada Reads or the Booker or something? Normally, when I can't put a book down, it's because it's fun, and I love the characters, and their world...and it's not really going to win the Booker, I know. With this book, it was just the plot and the suspense. Terrific writing.

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saxhorn
May 21, 2013

True to Thomas H. Cook's style of storytelling, The Last Talk with Lola Faye features lots of flashback as history professor and author Luke Paige recalls and relates details of his father's murder and his own departure from small town Alabama to Harvard University to Lola Faye, a former employee of Paige's father. Due to the dark nature of the tale, the book doesn't become compelling until nearly the end, when, true to form, Cook's surprise ending comes completely out of the blue.

For those new to Thomas H. Cook's writing, I would not recommend starting with this volume. Rather try Evidence of Blood or The Chatham School Affair.

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Pisinga
Jun 02, 2013

“The last best hope of life is that at some point during living it, all that you did wrong will suddenly teach you to do right.”

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