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The writer’s lair

Known for his bleeding edge medical thrillers, author Robin Cook does some of his writing from a Beacon Hill study that recalls a much earlier era.

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ROBIN COOK, known for his medical thrillers, is also a design virtuoso, particularly when it comes to his six-story Beacon Hill town house, which was built circa 1833, around the start of the Victorian era in America. Cook purchased the home in 1977, the year after he completed his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (he’s also an MD) and the year his first blockbuster, Coma, was published. Determined to restore the house to period-appropriate grandeur, he decorated the writing room — where he worked on the revisions of his newest book, Nano  — with Pompeian and Greek themes, befitting a Victorian gentleman’s study.

1 > GILDED PILASTERS punctuate the room.

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