Thomas H. Cook has elevated the police procedural from a marginalized subgenre of detective fiction to a more popularly acceptable genre of popular literature—the psychological novel. The archetypal Cook hero is an isolated loner with just enough human feelings left to respond to the needs of other individuals. The hero is almost destroyed by his empathy, yet he finds eventual redemption in his sacrifices. Cook pays a great deal of attention to detail, especially in his depiction of the process of suppressed memory recollection. This careful use of the psychological method shows Cook’s desire to transcend the boundaries of thriller and true-crime writing. Cook has written only a few novels in the Frank Clemens series, preferring nonseries novels so that he may experiment with and examine a variety of narrators and their individual voices and traumatic life experiences. He has also delved into other genres: He wrote the novelization of the science-fiction television series Taken (2002) and mainstream fiction such as Elena (1986) and Moon over Manhattan (2004), a comic novel he wrote with television interviewer Larry King. Cook’s abilities as a writer have been rewarded with growing respect from the mystery reading public and have led to his being presented with the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for best novel for The Chatham School Affair (1996).