The Chatham School Affair Author:Thomas H. Cook Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever scarred the young boy. Layer by layer, in The Chatham School Affair, Cook paints a stunning portrait of a woman, a school, and... more » a town in which passionate violence seems impossible... and inevitable.« less
I got and read this book because it won an Edgar Award for the best mystery of the year. It's not a traditional mystery--it's much more. It's an atmospheric, literature-like story about a town in the 30s where something awful happens and someone dies as a result. The story includes the coming of age of a teenage boy and a lot of excellent, touching insight into life. While I don't normally seek out this kind of reading, I really liked this book. For mystery fans, yes, it does include a nice mystery.