Missed Treasures?

With several hundred galleys flooding our bookroom daily, my job as a book review editor is bit like an emergency room physician performing triage. I have to sort through the pile and divide the candidates into three categories: the must be-reviewed (big-name authors, highly touted debuts from big publishers, original takes on old or new subjects);  interesting small-press possibilities; and finally the definite no's: new books by long-dead authors, self-published manuscripts, books submitted too late, very dry dissertations, the umpteenth series title. Stilll, there are times when I (and my colleagues)  miss small literary jewels. Such is the case with Troy Cook's 47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers, a first mystery out this month from Capitol Crime Press. Here's what my fiction reviewer—and tipster—Stacy Alesi had to say: "This debut novel about a father training his 9-year-old daughter in bank robbery is zany black comedy at its best. Wyatt Evans is a brilliant psychopath who has made a career out of robbing banks.Along the way, he killed his wife and taught his daughter the 47 rules of the family business. But by the time Tara is 23, she is chafing under her father's rigid, psychotic thumb and wondering if it is time to move out on her own. Then she meets Max, who empathizes with Tara as he has a nut of a father himself, although on the other side of the law— his father is the Sheriff. Meanwhile Wyatt is heading the FBI's ten most wanted list, Tara & Max take off and Wyatt, the Sheriff and the FBI are all on the chase. 47 Rules is well written, original, clever and laugh out loud funny. Don't miss it."—Wilda Williams