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A Sensible Felony Turns into a Author

Writer Bio:

Stephen G. Eoannou is the writer of the novels Yesteryear (SFWP 2023), Rook (Unsolicited Press 2022), and the brief story assortment Muscle Vehicles (SFWP 2015). He has been awarded an Honor Certificates from The Society of Kids’s E-book Writers and Illustrators and received the Finest Brief Screenplay Award on the thirty sixth Starz Denver Movie Competition. Eoannou holds an MFA from Queens College of Charlotte and an MA from Miami College. He lives and writes in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, the setting and inspiration for a lot of his work.

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This,” he stated, tapping a finger on the Reader’s Digest, “adjustments all the things. Al is a nationwide story. Everybody is aware of him. Walter Cronkite ran a section on the CBS Information about him final evening.”

Stephen Eoannou does it once more with this cleverly crafted, gritty historic crime novel filled with the witty quips and intrigue following within the footsteps of different nice crime novelists, akin to Mickey Spillane. In true “Catch Me If You Can” style, Al Nussbaum spends his days dwelling a double life – robbing banks on his ‘supposed enterprise journeys’ whereas enjoying the dutiful husband and father to his spouse and daughter when at dwelling. Whereas Lolly, his spouse, desires of a three-story Victorian to stay out her idyllic life as a mom and spouse, her husband is stacking up case in every single place from varied ‘jobs’ and managing his two accomplices – one who has a faux eye that offers him the creeps and who has simply murdered throughout one in every of their robberies, an incident that by no means ought to have occurred.

Now, Al should make the troublesome determination to go away his household behind and go into hiding, however what he does not rely on is a meddlesome mother-in-law simply ready to inform her daughter ‘I instructed you so’ concerning the good-for-nothing man she married.

What makes this particularly intriguing is that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill fictional crime story – that is for actual. Al Nussbaum was referred to as ‘probably the most crafty fugitive alive’ by none apart from J. Edgar Hoover himself.

Intelligent as most mastermind criminals are, Al Nussbaum excelled at not solely robbing banks, however in crafting bombs, enjoying chess, and writing crime fiction, himself. After setting off two bombs in Washington D. C. in 1961, and placing the blame on white supremacists in protest for the civil rights motion, the ruse did precisely what he meant – to distract legislation enforcement so he may rob one other financial institution.

Later, on one other job, he joined his two accomplices the place one in every of them killed guard Henry Kraus with a submachine gun. When one of many robbers was nabbed and squealed like a pig, Nussbaum confessed the entire enterprise to his spouse, instructed her to attend it out, and he’d be again for her with a plan. His plan? To go to Brazil the place there was no extradition. The FBI was now on a manhunt, posting posters all around the nation for the infamous financial institution robber – 600 brokers on the lookout for him, his one-eyed companion, Wilcoxson, and Wilcoxson’s girlfriend, Jackie Rose.

The writer takes the reader on the lam, displaying the internal workings of this felony, and his doubts about leaving his spouse whereas planning this fantasy world in his head of life in Brazil. When issues die down, or a minimum of he thinks all the things is secure, he returns to secretly go to Lolly and their daughter, however his mother-in-law is ready for the possibility. As historical past exhibits, his felony days come to an finish… however whereas in jail, his new profession is simply starting.

Al Nussbaum turns into a author, and this a part of the story is as intriguing as studying that Frank Abagnale of forging fame exhibits up on ‘To Inform the Reality’ on tv. Al Nussbaum, whereas on the run, begins writing tales after studying a well-liked pulp fiction novel. Utilizing the identify Carl Fischer (as a homage to his favourite chess participant, Bobby Fischer), he begins comparable to Dan Marlowe, the author of the e book he learn, and shortly, he has tales printed after his parole in Ellery Queen’s Thriller Journal and Alfred Hitchcock’s Thriller Journal. He additionally wrote a novel printed by Scholastic Press.

Stephen Eoannou does an important job in growing this whole storyline, albeit with the crass language utilized by these felony varieties (set off warning), however the writing approach and circulation of the narrative is first-rate. This subsequent little excerpt exhibits you what I imply – displaying the internal workings of the person’s thoughts and the way even cracks in a ceiling had his thoughts ticking about his subsequent potential transfer. A strategist to the tip, enjoying the chess items like he would by no means lose.

A ceiling crack, one he’d been which means to plaster for months, stretched above their mattress. It was formed like New York State’s western boundary, sloping down from its most northern level, then beaking out at Lake Ontario earlier than snaking west, then south, indenting the place Buffalo hugged the shore. He had been staring on the crack for hours, unable to sleep, putting imaginary circles to mark border cities – Ogdensburg, Oswego, Niagara Falls.

After which he grew to become a author. Who higher to jot down crime fiction than an excellent felony.

Christmas in Brazil. Christmas in Brazil. Christmas in Brazil. Placing all of it on paper ought to be as simple as robbing the Western Pennsylvania Nationwide Financial institution, he thought, typing quicker. Because the carriage approached the precise margin, the warning bell sounded.


Rook” by Stephen G. Eaonnou receives 4.5 stars from The Historic Fiction Firm


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