By Carsten Stroud
Jack Vermillion is seeing crimson. So is Earl V. Pike. So is a great, attractive NYC detective named Casey Spandau. For Jack, it all started while Earl requested for a bit favor--one former soldier to a different. With Jack's son in deep trouble with the legislations and his delivery corporation, Black Water Transit, approximately to hit the massive time, Jack observed an opportunity to be an excellent father, an outstanding citizen, and a very good CEO--by ratting out Earl V. Pike to the feds. It was once a enormous mistake.
Now Pike is mad. our bodies are piling up. And all of the backstabbers are popping out of the woodwork in Jack's rattled international. Jack's in basic terms wish: detective Casey Spandau, who all started her week looking for a intercourse legal and ended up with Earl V. Pike--a guy utilizing guile, ability, and one dazzling long-range weapon to kill everybody who will get in his method. For Casey and Jack Vermillion, making Earl V. Pike indignant has become a cross-country nightmare. yet taking him down can be even worse.
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The gold I got out of Sam Hegg's mine ain't been more than about a hun- 45 How to Write a Damn Good Mystery 46 dred and fifty grand, total, and that ain't no lie. But I've been real careful not to do anything stupid like spend a lot in one place. I sell the nuggets off as I go— telling people I bought them at the bar off guys who bring it in. I'm content, a happy man. I blow my cool and have to beat the crap out of somebody once in a while when I'm acting as a deputy, or in the bar with some drunk, but most of the time I keep a lid on my temper.
I've been in the writing racket for a few decades now and, the horrible truth is, I've never been able to figure out what editors will find mildly interesting story-wise, let alone what will make them flip. I've heard other writers, agents, and even editors say that they know this trend is hot, this other trend is not; that Ideas to Get You Started small-town mysteries, say, are in, hard-boiled are out; that cross-genre books or some such are the next trend, the wave of the future. It's all a bunch of pap.
31 32 How to Write a Damn Good Mystery O u r murderer will be evil. We know a murderer is a mythic "evil one" and an evil one always acts out of his or her own self-interest. An evil one is the golden star at the center of his or her own universe. Our murderer will be self ish. Sure, we've all read books in which the murderer does the deed for a good cause, heroically, but this motif almost always results in a weak climax. " If the murderer is not acting out of his or her own self-interest and instead is self-sacrificing and acting heroically, the reader is robbed of this satisfaction, which is, after all, one of the principal reasons the reader bought the book in the first place.