ROOK by Stephen G. Eoannou
J. Edgar Hoover described Al Nussbaum as the most cunning fugitive alive. Al has only two goals: avoid capture and steal enough money to start a new life with his family. Returning to gather his wife and baby is suicidal, but as Al said, he’d only stick his neck in the Buffalo noose for Lolly.
Publication Date: 6/28/2022
Praise for Rook
Stephen Eoannou has performed a remarkable feat with his novel Rook. First, he has detailed the little-known story of an ingenious bank robber, Al Nussbaum, who FBI director J. Edgar Hoover once called “the most cunning fugitive in the country.” Second, Eoannou has dramatized how Nussbaum’s obsession with bank robbery as an art form trapped him and his family in a downward spiral of shame and frustrated hope. Brilliant.
—Charles Kelly, author of Gunshots in Another Room: The Forgotten Life of Dan J. Marlowe.
If Elmore Leonard wrote the Queen’s Gambit, he’d have written Rook. Set aside some time when you start Eoannou’s true tale of Tommy guns, small-time hoods, and high-stakes chess because you won’t want to put it down until checkmate.
--Daren Wang, Author of The Hidden Light of Northern Fires.
A terrific Technicolor Noir that lives and breathes in the period. If I hadn't been told, I would've thought I was reading a lost paperback classic from sixty years ago. Clever, literate, and fun, Rook is right down my dark alley.
--Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of The Revelators and The Heathens