Entry updated 7 February 2019. Tagged: Author.
Working name of UK author Robert William Arthur Cook (1931-1994), resident for some years in France (in order, he intimated, to put distance between himself and gangland acquaintances), where he became well-known for noir thrillers written as by Derek Raymond, taking that name perhaps because other Robin Cooks – the author Robin Cook, see entry below, and the British politician Robin Cook (1946-2005) – had effectively taken over his name; he returned to the UK a year or so before his death. His last novel as Cook, A State of Denmark, or A Warning to the Incurious (1970), is a savage and scatological depiction of a Near-Future welfare Dystopia in the UK. [JC]
Robert William Arthur Cook
born London: 12 June 1931
died London: 30 July 1994
- A State of Denmark, or A Warning to the Incurious (London: Hutchinson, 1970) [hb/Colin Andrews]
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