November 21, 2003 by

Bruce Alexander Cook


Categories: Writers/Editors

Bruce Alexander Cook, a journalist and author, died on Nov. 9 from a stroke. He was 71.
Cook received a degree in literature from Loyola University in Chicago, then served as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany. He began his writing career freelancing for the National Catholic Reporter and the National Observer, and editing for Newsweek, the Detroit News and USA Today.
In 1978, Cook published his first novel, a mainstream fiction title called “Sex Life.” But he truly found his niche in the mystery genre when he created the fictional Latino detective Antonio “Chico” Cervantes. In its four-book series, the Southern California P.I. solved crimes both north and south of the Mexican border.
Writing as Bruce Alexander, Cook published a series of popular historical novels featuring Sir John Fielding, a blind, 18th century sleuth. The books were based on the real Fielding, a blind British magistrate who co-founded the Bow Street Runners, London’s first police force.
“I may not be the world’s cleverest writer, but I knew a great character when he leaped off the pages at me,” Cook once said.
The 10th Fielding novel, “The Price of Murder,” was published this year. Cook’s final book, a first-person manuscript tentatively titled “Qualms of Conscience: The Confessions of William Shakespeare,” will eventually be published by St. Martin’s Press.

2 Responses to Bruce Alexander Cook

  1. Marion Ruben

    I will certainly miss Bruce Alexander. He has given me many hours of pleasure with his Sir John fielding mystery series. May God bless his family during this time of loss.
    Marion Ruben
    Richmond Hill, GA 31324

  2. Jacqueline HInes

    I only discovered Bruce Alexander’s books about 2007 and have read or listened the tapes of most of them. They have provided me with endless hours of intrigue and enjoyment. It was only listening to the last tape of Rules of Engagement that I learned of his death. Here it is 2009 and I was totally shocked and deeply disappointed that he is no longer with us. If only we could let him know how many people he has touched with his writing! They were not just mysteries, they were a lesson in humility, history, and most important of all that there can be justice and caring in the world.
    Jacqueline Hines(retired school librarian, legally blind)
    Mobile, AL

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