During the late 30s in the sleepy harbor town of Port Alma, Maine, Cal and Billy Chase come of age. Though opposite in temperament, the two brothers are close. When the mysterious Dora March comes to town, Billy is immediately attracted to her.

Within a year the secure world of Calvin Chase changes forever. Billy is dead, a murder victim, and Dora, the last person who saw Billy alive, has left town as mysteriously and as quietly as she came.

Cal sets out to find Dora and bring her to justice, not realizing that there are parts of his own life that really are places in the dark and perhaps should never be revealed.

Complex, multi-layered, and haunting, PLACES IN THE DARK is as chilling as a freezing rain, a novel that will get under your skin and stay there. This is a story that will make you a fan of Cook forever. (May, 256 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg