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In an earlier post, I mentioned that I was once again trying to resurrect a novel that I’ve been tinkering with for the past several years. It’s actually pretty embarrassing that I can’t get this one off my desk, but now the whole thing has turned into a quest—a challenge to see which of us will win the edit battle. At any rate, I’ve spent the past few weeks working on the criminal’s back story and I’m happy to say I like what I've come up with this time and have managed to get several of the chapters outlined.
A key change to the plot is that in the original version, the victim was killed early in the book without being given one line of dialogue. It was only during the murder investigation that the victim’s true identity was revealed as was his involvement in an old unsolved case. In this version, I’ve decided to let the victim, Robert O’Malley, live a bit longer. I want to get into his head, see life through his eyes, feel what he feels and get his personal side of the story. Even though I want readers to cheer for Detective Sam Harper, sympathizing with the bad guy is just the tension this book needs. Eventually, I, Sam Harper, and the reader will know the truth about Robert O’Malley, who he was, why he was killed, and by whom.
To be honest, I’m now quite intrigued with the devious Mr. O.