Title: ROBBERS - Scarce Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2000
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 372 pages. Published in 2000. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Christopher Cook's "Robbers". "The harsh, foreboding essence of rural Texas dominates Cook's bloody, bittersweet novel, charting the adventures of two criminal drifters and their pursuer. From the disturbing opening scene in which Eddie and Ray Bob kill a convenience store clerk, the running buddies lash their way across Texas, shooting gas station attendants and shopkeepers, and stealing small amounts of money and food. Young and broke, Eddie is an aspiring blues guitarist, baffled by the violence of Ray Bob, a natural predator for whom killing is not just a thrill but a calling. The boys' aimless adventure eventually includes Della, a woman who patterns her life on women's magazines and desperately aspires to middle-class respectability. While hiding out in a rundown beach house near Galveston, Della and Eddie fall for each other, much to the disgust of Ray Bob. Eddie and Ray Bob split up, Eddie to pursue his romance and career and Ray Bob to continue his plunder. Just as a crafty Texas Ranger, Rule Hooks, picks up their scent. Hooks, a tracker by training and instinct, relies on modern police methods as well as his gut instincts to sniff out his prey. Cook's plot tumbles from scene to scene with jarring brilliance, the pathos of his characters lending his otherwise brutal world a certain beauty. His imagery is striking, almost lyrical. This gritty crime drama is not for the faint of heart, but Cook's prose sets it a notch above many like novels" (Publishers Weekly). The plot is familiar terrain (Cormac McCarthy appropriated it virtually unchanged for "No Country For Old Men"). It's the subtleties and nuances, the sheer intricacy that makes Cook's novel so satisfying. An absolute "must-have" title for Christopher Cook collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Christopher Cook. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American mystery writer of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 0786707763. Bookseller Inventory # 10974
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