Christopher Cook’s Texas crime masterpiece Robbers first came out on No Exit Press a few years back. The novel is a Crazy heist gone wrong tale in the Jim Thompson, Cormac ( No Country for Old men) Mc Carthy mould. It is rare to find a crime novel so deliciously compelling.
Crimezine expected big things of Cook, a raft of follow up novels, a flood of movie deals and the emergence of a mainstream crime writing talent.
But Chris Cook, either by accident or design, cunningly avoided the mainstream. He moved from Texas to the Czech Republic, where he married Czech artist and poet Kateřina Piňosová.
Luckily he has kept writing. There are the Novellas Storm and Cloven Tongues of Fire. There is the short story collection Screen Door Jesus and other stories and e-tale The Pickpocket.
The film rights to Robbers have been optioned in the US, but mysteriously no movie has yet emerged. Such are the ways of Hollyweird Crimeziners. Screen Door Jesus was made into a movie in 2003 but disappeared into a marketing abyss so deep it still hasn’t hit bottom all these years later.
So get yourself a copy of Robbers or one of Chris’s e-books and tell him Crimezine sent ya. You gotta love the guy, Prague gets cold this time of year, ice block cold.