Every once in a rare while I
get to read a new author's first book and think, Damn! I wish he had
started 40 years ago instead of waiting until he retired. This is one of
Have you ever been faced with a diagnosis of a dread disease that may
cause months or years of pain, as well as placing a heavy load on your
family and a drain your family savings? All this with no hope. The thought
of an easier solution always occurs to you to some degree of seriousness
or another. The Hemlock Society and Dr. Kavorkian have solutions but Bob
Cook has a solution too.
The Title Story starts under a sad dark cloud. Just when the tension gets
unbearable, Bob Cook suddenly finds the humor (almost slapstick) in it.
The tension broken, Cook continues with a group of men (being boys) as
they set out to help one of them solve the problem of the doom's day
diagnosis. Then he continues with assisted suicide attempts by the Gang
Who Couldn't Shoot Straight or the Lavender Hill Mob, always with the
insulting banter common among men being boys.
In just 120 pages Bob Cook puts you through sadness, despair, laughter and
finally poignancy as he delivers a better solution. Cook continues with
six more stories of men doing manly things like hunting and fishing . . .
but mostly being boys or perhaps how his ever forgiving wife probably
thinks exclusively being boys.
Bob Cook says he wrote this so that his grand kids would know him better .
. . they will, as do I. - P. A. Tillery
In a Different Kind of Killer
these four men deal with the struggles we all face as we age in an
interesting way with twists that entertain the reader. If you hunt or fish
or have friends that do, you will enjoy the short stories. The story about
George, the dog, will have you laughing out loud. Good book. - Judy
I have spent a lifetime
reading books. This book really caught my attention. It deals with a very
relevant health issue in a humorous and yet serious manner. It also has a
lot to say about male bonding in all of the stories. - Elizabeth W.