First there was Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe...
Then came Robert B. Parker's Spenser...
Now here is Atlanta's premier private detective,
Nick Price in... Absolute Justice!
What distinguishes Nick Price from other fictional private eyes is that he is multi-faceted. While other fictional detectives are more one dimensional, I try to give Nick Price a more realistic portrayal. Beneath the tough guy exterior is a deeply passionate and caring man. You see that mostly when he is with his girlfriend Naija Patel, but you also get a glimpse of his more compassionate side—not to give any of the novel’s plot away—when someone he knows and cares about is murdered. Another facet of Nick’s personality, a darker character trait, surfaces when he is thinking about avenging their murder. Sure. Right after I put a bullet between their eyes. And feeling that urge for revenge is something we’ve all felt from time to time, especially when we hear of a horrible crime on the news, perhaps against children or the elderly, and we think, “Someone should shoot that guy.” Nick Price feels the same way. He stands up for the innocent, and he has a strong sense for justice. He is the voice for those who no longer have a voice. He digs into the motive behind the murder—why were they killed—as well as tracking down the murderer or murderers.
Writing about Nick Price is fascinating. In some ways Nick Price and I have a lot in common. We both have a strong sense of justice, and we don’t like to see the innocent wronged. But that’s where the similarities end. Nick is a totally different person that I. And that makes it fun. I can explore more of his personality, dig deeper into his psyche, and discover more about him. In a sense, it’s like getting to know someone.
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It’s a challenge to write a serial novel because you have to be linear and keep it simple yet keep the suspense going too, whereas a more literary novel has a different texture with the opportunity for more subplots. But the serial format is more structured. You’re writing in increments of individual scenes, or episodes, where at the end of each scene, or chapter, you either have to make the reader laugh, cry, or put them on the edge of their seat, compelling them to turn the page and continue on to the next episode. And I hope I’ve done that in Absolute Justice.
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Advance Praise for Absolute Justice:
Larry W. Pitts nails it...
The 'hard-boiled detective' tone of Absolute Justice is gritty and clear, reminiscent of the 1940s gumshoe atmosphere but with a modern persona and setting. The personal psychology is also solid, interspersed with the mechanics of puzzle-solving and the built-in drama of a complex, evolving case: "When someone you know suddenly dies it reminds you how fragile and precious life is, because you never know when it could suddenly end. And murder makes it that much harder to accept."
-D. Donovan-Midwest Review