Robbers BOOK review [Christopher Cook]

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Robbers BOOK review [Christopher Cook]
Nov 1, 2000, 03:59

ROBBERS by Christopher Cook; Carroll and Graf, 2000

Eddie and Ray Bob are social outcasts who are bound in an unholy union when trigger-happy Eddie kills a 7/11 clerk who refuses to sell him a pack of cigarettes for a penny less than his asking price. The two hit the road and wait for the consequences of their actions to catch up with them but their Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid act only lasts a short while before their friendship is threatened by the arrival of a woman who is also on the lam. Cooperation between those on the side of the law becomes similarly fractured when detective Rule Hooks has an affair with the estranged wife of a crime lab liaison. Ray Bob and Rule face peril in isolation but the existentialist burden born by characters who reference Jean Genet and Nietzsche is offset by the easy going naivete of Eddie, a musician who indulges in the music of Robert Johnson, Percy Sledge, and Howlin' Wolf. On the surface the Texans who populate Robbers couldn't seem more different than the characters in Genet's prison novels, but both Cook and Genet tackle philosophical issues involving ethics and moral standards without getting heavy handed.

- Jeffrey L. Ouch

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