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Cape Disappointment

(Book 12 in the Thomas Black series)
A novel by

A man and a woman, their coastal getaway interrupted, say goodbye on an isolated landing strip in Washington State. She then calls from the air. And he watches from the base of a lighthouse as the plane, with eleven people on board, plummets into the steely gray sea. The man remembering this tragic event is in a hospital room, the victim of a bombing weeks after the crash. In this extraordinary thriller by award-winning author Earl Emerson, Seattle private eye Thomas Black returns after more than a decade-and he must put together the shattered fragments of his life. His life and his country depend on it.


The bomb that nearly killed Thomas Black went off in a school gymnasium after a Senate candidate had spoken. Amid the carnage, Black nearly bled to death. But he survives-and enters a tunnel of dreams and hallucinations, oblivion and unconnected memories. People come and go from his hospital room. A beautiful woman kisses him. A madman's rant echoes in his mind. Then, when Black-widower, hero, and private investigator-is released from the hospital, he faces the twin tragedies that have devastated his life, and the fact that his lovely wife Kathy is really gone for good.

Or is she? Thomas believes he sees Kathy-as a passenger in a passing truck. Her cell phone, which should be on the bottom of the sea, calls his in the middle of the night. And the explanations investigators give for the plane crash just don't make sense.

Now, step by step, Black is beginning to understand what a paranoid, alcoholic former CIA hit man has been trying to tell him about the plane crash, about the death of a reporter's husband, about suspicious things that nobody ever gets around to questioning. Suddenly, Black is on the run, chased by mysterious people, caught in a web of personal and political lies and something even worse: a plot that is killing everyone it touches.

Brilliantly told and emotionally galvanizing, Cape Disappointment is a political thriller and a gut-wrenching tale of conspiracies-the kind that are too crazy to believe and too deadly to ignore.

Genre: Mystery    

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Hardback Editions

May 2009 : USA Hardback

Title: Cape Disappointment (Thorndike Thrillers)
Author(s): Earl W Emerson
ISBN: 1-4104-1507-4 / 978-1-4104-1507-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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February 2009 : USA Hardback

Title: Cape Disappointment: A Novel
Author(s): Earl Emerson
ISBN: 0-345-49301-X / 978-0-345-49301-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : Paperback

Title: Cape Disappointment (The Thomas Black mystery series) (Volume 12)
Author(s): Earl Emerson
ISBN: 1-5151-2758-3 / 978-1-5151-2758-1
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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January 2010 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Cape Disappointment: A Thomas Black Thriller (Thomas Black Mysteries)
Author(s): Earl Emerson
ISBN: 0-345-49302-8 / 978-0-345-49302-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Cape Disappointment (The Thomas Black series Book 12)
Author(s): Earl Emerson
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