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Flesh and Blood

(1989)
(The second book in the Frank Clemons series)
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Publisher's Weekly
Rich in character, complex in plot, Cook's second Frank Clemons novel, after the much-praised Sacrificial Ground , finds the former homicide detective relocated in New York. Now a private eye, Frank lives with Karen on the upper East Side, but he is falling out of love and becoming increasingly aware that his real sympathies lie with Manhattan's less-privileged citizens. That's one reason why he is drawn to the case of Hannah Karlsberg. Hannah, in her 70s, was brutally murdered (her right hand chopped off) in her apartment; her employer, a high fashion designer, hires Frank to locate Hannah's next-of-kin so the body can be released and buried. But Hannah's past is full of gaps and contradictions, and Frank is soon on a trail that begins in the Lower East Side sweatshops of the 1930s, where Hannah was a forceful strike leader for the American Garment Workers' Union. The scent then leads to a small village in Colombia, and ends in a settlement house in Brooklyn. Frank's investigation is steeped in a deep personal, lyrically evoked sorrow; talking with Hannah's old co-workers, he uncovers dark deeds and omissions that resonate with his own growing sense of isolation and betrayal. Cook constructs a many-layered and shimmering tale in which the history, locale and personality build to an unsuspected, satisfying end. BOMC alternate; Detective Book Club and Mysterious Book Club main selections.

Library Journal
Former policeman Frank Clemons, a private investigator, is hired by famous dress designer Imalia Covallo to find a relative of her slain employee so the police will release the body for burial. Frank reconstructs the dead woman's past: a garment worker and union activist, she mysteriously left for South America only to reappear in New York as the unknowing sidekick of a drug runner; she was a diligent assistant to Covallo. Frank experiences a deeply felt empathy for the woman and ends by discovering her murderer. Strong prose and steel-etched characters complete an enticing puzzle. Detective Book Club main selection. REK

AudioFile - Iris Zerba
The pace of the reading stays slow while the emotional dimension gets bigger and bigger. Guidall is a master of accents. I.Z. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Hardback Editions

June 1990 : USA Hardback

Title: Flesh and Blood
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
ISBN: 0-517-05327-6 / 978-0-517-05327-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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August 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: Flesh and Blood
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
ISBN: 0-00-223472-6 / 978-0-00-223472-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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January 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Flesh and Blood
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
ISBN: 0-399-13409-3 / 978-0-399-13409-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Flesh and Blood
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
ISBN: 0-00-617706-9 / 978-0-00-617706-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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January 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Flesh And Blood
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
ISBN: 0-425-13178-5 / 978-0-425-13178-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Audio Editions

February 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Flesh and Blood: A Frank Clemons Mystery, Book 2
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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February 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Flesh and Blood: A Frank Clemons Mystery, Book 2
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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1993 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Flesh and Blood
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
ISBN: 1-55690-939-X / 978-1-55690-939-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.
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September 1991 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Flesh and Blood (Sterling Audio Series)
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
ISBN: 1-56054-964-5 / 978-1-56054-964-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Flesh and Blood (The Frank Clemons Mysteries)
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
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September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Flesh and Blood (The Frank Clemons Mysteries Book 2)
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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