Books by Richard Cox

Richard Cox was born in Odessa, Texas in December 1970. He spent much of his childhood in the Lone Star State and also lived in New Orleans and Williston, North Dakota. In 1992 he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M Univer

Released: May 31, 2005

"A gripper of a yarn, swatting around really big ideas. Laughably not clothbound."
Laden with eye-popping special effects, Cox's follow-up to his 2004 debut (Rift) turns on speculative high-energy physics and the Higgs bosun. Read full book review >
RIFT by Richard Cox
Released: July 1, 2004

"Strong middle, familiar ending."
A psychological suspense debut carries on its jacket "The Matrix meets Mission Impossible." More apt would be Total Recall meets Blade Runner, Philip K. Dick's paranoia parables.Read full book review >
ECLIPSE by Richard Cox
Released: March 1, 1996

A sprawling but sporadically engrossing ecothriller from old- pro Cox (Park Plaza, 1991, etc.). Here, Somali poachers who've been wreaking systematic havoc on Kenya's protected wildlife plan a climactic coup during a rare total eclipse of the sun. Sally Facetti, a handsome young consular official at the US Embassy in Nairobi, has a full plate. Colonel Tom Keen, the legation's military attachÇ, has shown her satellite photos detailing the damage done indigenous elephant herds by the armed and dangerous gang of ivory hunters; meanwhile, a Peace Corps volunteer with an influential mom has gone missing in the bush; and Sally's been assigned to wetnurse an American astronomer in country with a demanding tour group for the eclipse. The stargazer is slated to set up camp at a hinterland farm owned by the Cawstons, a settler family with troubles of their own. With the patriarch (once a white hunter) dying, his son Rory and widowed daughter Sophie can't agree about whether to turn the vast acreage into a commercial game preserve or to keep raising cattle on it. Helpful Sally devises a mixed-use plan that could attract funding from environmental groups and support from the Kenyan government. The resourceful scheme gains her the respect of manly Rory, but Sally must still deal with a Wildlife Minister whose venal half-brother is in league with the well-equipped raiders who've been pillaging the poorly policed interior. Though tracked by Rory and Keen, the poachers reach their primary objective, a herd of rhinos temporarily penned up on Cawston property, slaughtering the animals for their horns at the height of the eclipse. A manhunt ensues, and only one marauder escapes the dragnet. Withal, Sally gets Rory (whose unhappy wife leaves him at a decidedly opportune juncture), and there's a sense that First Worldlings can save Kenya's treasures from a feckless populace. Cox keeps the pot boiling merrily until the disappointingly tame close, when he seems in a hurry to depart the exotic locales he's so vividly rendered. Read full book review >
PARK PLAZA by Richard Cox
Released: Feb. 25, 1990

The Moonstone meets Black Sunday in this tale of terrorists plotting to bomb the New York auction of a fabled diamond. Ilsa Nachtigal—just released from a German prison and determined to avenge her dead husband by attacking the widow of the politican whose bill executed him—learns that the widow, grasping Baroness Helene von Brandenburg, is putting the 85-carat Malabar Angel up for auction under the auspices of newcomer Charles Luttrell's Burnaby's auction house. Ilsa enlists the services of former IRA mechanic Frank Hermon to accompany her overseas to the Park Plaza Hotel and plant an explosive timed to blow in the ceiling of the Grand Ballroom at the climactic moment. Meanwhile, gentle London-based Father Gerard Vaughan, egged on by Luttrell's wife-in-name-only Lucy, is trying to recover the diamond for the Indian Diocese of Malabar—from which the stone was taken centuries ago—either by purchase or lawsuit; pushy tabloid-journalist Victoria Stewart-Robinson threatens to jam the carefully orchestrated publicity campaign that's drawn sharp-eyed bidders from Tokyo (the Acanthus Museum) to Hollywood (faded star Gloria Grace); and Craig Clifford, the Park Plaza's straight-arrow Assistant Director of Security, starts a romance with junior manager Barbara Andrews that's sure to endanger his shaky marriage—even as he begins to close in on the mysterious honeymoon couple in Room 538. . . . Forgettable characters and dollops of soap opera still don't defuse the tried-and-true suspense formula that Cox (The Botticelli Madonna, Hartman's Game) manipulates like the sturdy veteran he is. Read full book review >