the one minute assassin
During the strangest and wildest election in California history, one candidate for governor tries to kill his way to the top, figuring if money, power, and snake-oil charm won't get him elected, why not try murder? After all, being in charge of the eighth largest economy in the world is worth a little bloodshed, right?
Making matters worse, the culprit can hide among more than one hundred highly unusual candidates-all of whom are now suspects. Toss in amateur assassins, a spicy hot reporter, and the Russian Mafia-and that's where ex-P.I. John Black comes in. John's politically active sister has a shot at being elected the first female governor of California. When she becomes a primary target, John charges into the world of crime and politics in an attempt to save her.
Read A Review:

There are so many bright spots in this book. Cook has done it again.

Maggie Mason, Deadly Pleasures

Stunning. The best thing I've read all year. Mix Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, add total "in your face" edge, and you have Troy Cook's 2nd wondrous novel.

Ken Bruen, The Guards

A gem. A "Killer Book."

Ind. Mystery Booksellers Assn.

An Indie Surprise.

Publishers Weekly

Cook fashions a lively plot.


A delightful second piece from an obviously talented writer. The One Minute Assassin has it all. As a thriller it has the plot and suspense to keep it going from start to finish. The characters are perfectly developed. But it is Cook's ability to write the fine line between wonderful absurdity and canned laughs that makes him an exceptional author. He is able to reach for the laughs without giving up style and substance. Thank you Troy Cook.

Barb Radmore, Front Street Review

With THE ONE MINUTE ASSASSIN, Cook has evolved into a smooth and confident writer and one who deservedly merits being named an "Author to Watch" by Library Journal.

Norm Goldman, Bookpleasures