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Bruce Cook

Bruce Alexander Cook (1932 – November 9, 2003) was an American journalist and author who wrote under the pseudonym Bruce Alexander, creating historical novels about a blind 18th-century Englishman and also a 20th-century Mexican-American detective.


Cook was born in 1932 in Chicago. His family moved often as a child, his father being a train dispatcher with frequent new assignments. He earned a degree in literature from Loyola University (Chicago).[1]

His first wife was Catherine Coghlan, with whom he had three children, Catherine (Katy), Bob, and Ceci. He married concert violinist Judith Aller in 1994.[1][2]

He served as a translator in the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany, in the late 1950s and also did

He died of a stroke November 9, 2003, in Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Hollywood, California.[1]


Cook's first book was a nonfiction work, The Beat Generation, published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1971. A biography of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo followed in 1977. His first novel was Chicago-based Sex Life, in 1978.

He wrote four novels featuring Los Angeles detective Antonio "Chico" Cervantes — Mexican Standoff, 1988, Rough Cut, 1990, Death as a Career Move, 1992, and Sidewalk Hilton, 1994. He also wrote a series of novels about the blind magistrate Sir John Fielding, the real-life founder of London's first police force.

His later nonfiction works were Listen to the Blues, a musical history, in 1973; Brecht in Exile, about the German writer [4]


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  • Fantastic Fiction Author Page
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