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Two Texan ex-cons, Ray Bob and Eddie, have just killed a convenience store clerk over a penny. Now, with a pack of cigarettes, a stolen Caddy, and no plan, the two must think fast-and move faster, in this novel with "a lyric voice that sings itself raw."(New York Times Book Review)

"My kind of book." (James Ellroy)

"Cook's plot tumbles from scene to scene with jarring br...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Berkley Trade (first published November 2000)
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Tim Niland
Robbers is the story of a couple of low down Texas desperados going on a wild crime spree, robbing convenience stores, killing proprietors and generally running amok in East Texas. But Eddie and Ray Bob are not as similar as they may seem. Ray Bob is hard core, hiding some decent education behind a front of massive rage he scours a path across Texas. Eddie on the other hand is a drifter, a talented blues musician who has fallen into a life of crime and killing with Ray Bob and looking for any ch...more
This one really surprised me! I really don't go for the popular, graphic, mindless killing novels like Cromwells and Patersons but this one grabbed me (not that it's mindless)! The guy was a socio-path but he sure had an appreciation for nature, and Cook writes well enough to get the message across. While killer Ray Bob is off in the woods tracking the Texas Ranger:

"A yellowbellied sapsucker swept through the clearing, lit on a honey locust, began its rat-tat-tat forage in the bark. The sharp i...more
The blurb on the back of this advance compared Cook to James Lee Burke and Elmore Leonard. That's pretty high praise for a first novel. It was a pretty good first novel (that's my blurb.) The line between "good guys" and "bad guys" was pretty much indistinguishable. There was a couple of pretty good twists near the end, but I got anxious to finish the book, because so many people were being killed off.
A complete and awesome work of pure pulp fiction. Robbers tells the tale of two outlaws running from the law and leaving a trail of death and destruction in their rearview mirror.

It's a lovely mix of violence and superb dialogue. It flows beautifully and you won't stop rooting for the bad guys.

It's like a Quentin Tarantino film, in a book. Read it.
Feb 07, 2009 Vi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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