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Cook, Christopher. ROBBERS. New York City, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 372 pages. As New/As New.

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. "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. A "must-have" title for Christopher Cook collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Christopher Cook. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American mystery writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0786707763. $50.00

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