“Dead Beckoning is the type of novel that should be savored, consumed slowly, and appreciated for its eloquent and intricate prose, which sets the bar for historical thrillers.”

Self-Publishing Review, May 2022
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"The luscious blend of murder and mystery will captivate readers, and the infusion of reality into the narrative will have them turning the pages. Dead Beckoning is a tale that is delightful, deftly plotted, and expertly delivered."

The Book Commentary, September 2022
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"A sinister, masterfully penned drama. Supported by a rich cast of three-dimensional characters, a host of red herrings, and a looming suspicion that readers have known the culprit all along, this is a powerfully written thriller. Cobb has constructed a complex procedural mystery with poignant historical accuracy, never letting readers forget about the timeless issues at the novel’s core, resulting in a dark and enthralling historical thriller."

Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
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Historical fiction, crime fiction, true crime.
Thought-provoking, character-driven literary fiction.
Descriptive and engaging nonfiction.

Writing, for me, is bliss. But I am simply a conduit through which my characters tell the story.
They are the story.

My body of work includes both fiction and nonfiction, short form and long form, as well as articles and blogs of literary interest.

While I am comfortable playing across a broad range of genres, much of my focus is on historical fiction, crime fiction, and true crime. Rigorous research is foundational to my writing. I get that honestly, having spent much of my professional career as a scientist.

I split my time between midtown Atlanta and a lake in the North Georgia mountains, far away from the rat race of the city. The balance between city life and mountain life inspires my writing.

In this space I will share what I’m reading and working on, as well as other items of interest to readers and writers alike. I hope you enjoy it. I have kept some of my earlier professional articles and blogs here so you can read them as well.


[A] writer is someone who pays attention to the world

Four great pieces from past issues of The Paris Review, one of my favorite literary magazines. Enjoy!

When Edward Hirsch spoke to Susan Sontag, in between her trips to Sarajevo, for a 1995 Art of Fiction interview, he noted that her work seemed “haunted by war.” She said, “I could answer that a writer is someone who pays attention to the world.” This week, we’re rereading a poem by Claribel Alegria and a story by Nadine Gordimer, looking back at a portfolio of the writer Ryszard Kapuściński’s photographs, watching the news, and considering what it means to pay attention.

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