The Jeremy Cook Novels
These three books feature linguist-hero Jeremy Cook in various trying circumstances:
--In Double Negative, at the Indiana daycare center/research institute where Cook labors, one of his colleagues turns up dead in his office.
--In The Full Catastrophe, Cook moves in with a couple to try to save the marriage, which is "linguistically troubled."
--In The Error of Our Ways, Cook shares the stage with a wealthy St. Louis businessman, and both men must deal with the errors in their lives.
All three novels were New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year. All three were republished in 2010 by Overlook Press.
Most Recent Novel
a comic mystery set in Vermont
A loner with an abrasive personality, stranded in a small Vermont town, is mistaken for a well-liked native son who disappeared some time ago, and the misfit dons the identity of his popular lookalike.
Bibliography of Novels
Double Negative (The Dial Press, 1980; Penguin paperback reprint, 1982; Washington Square Press paperback reprint, 1991; Felony & Mayhem paperback reprint, 2005; Overlook Press paperback reprint, 2010; Mystery Guild combined edition with From Away, titled Double Carkeet, 2010); also published in Mystery Guild, British, Japanese, German, Greek, and Serbo-Croatian editions; French edition published in 2013 by Monsieur Toussaint Louverture; title: Le linguiste était presque parfait.
The Greatest Slump of All Time (Harper and Row, 1984; Penguin paperback reprint, Contemporary American Fiction Series, 1985).
I Been There Before (Harper and Row, 1985; Penguin paperback reprint, 1987). Excerpted in The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Work, ed. Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Library of America, 2010).
The Full Catastrophe (Simon and Schuster, 1990; Washington Square Press paperback reprint, 1991; Overlook Press paperback reprint, 2010); also published in Literary Guild, German, and Turkish editions. A French edition, Une putain de catastrophe, appeared in 2014 from Monsieur Toussaint Louverture.
The Error of Our Ways (Henry Holt, 1997; Owl/Holt paperback reprint, 1998; Overlook Press paperback reprint, 2010). Excerpted in St. Louis Magazine, Jan./Feb. 1997, 36-41. French edition, titled Des erreurs ont été commises, from Monsieur Toussaint Louverture, April, 2017.
From Away (Overlook Press hardcover, 2010, Overlook paperback, 2011; Mystery Guild combined edition with Double Negative, titled Double Carkeet, 2010); French edition, La peau de l'autre, Editions du Seuil, 2012.