BY VINCENT ZANDRI
Why does Moonlight believe he might be responsible?
He’s got a small fragment of a .22 hollow point round buried inside his brain, lodge directly up against his cerebral cortex. The result of a botched suicide attempt four years prior to the novel’s start, an operation to remove the bullet frag would be too dangerous.
But the bullet causes Moonlight lots of problems, the least of which are the occasional memory loss and his rational ability to tell right from wrong. The bullet frag also might shift at any moment, making coma and/or sudden death, a very real possibility.
Still, Moonlight has been trying to get his life together as of late.
But when Scarlet begs him to make the trip over to her house late one rainy Sunday night to issue one of his “massages,” he makes a big mistake by sleeping with her. Later, having passed out in her bed, he will be rudely awakened by a garage door opening and Jake’s unexpected and very drunken homecoming. Making his impromptu escape out a top floor window, Moonlight will seek the safety of his home.
Two hours later however, he will receive another unexpected visit from Jake Montana. This time the big Captain has sobering news to report. He’s discovered his wife’s mutilated body in her own bed. She’s been murdered and now he needs the P.I. to investigate it in association with Albany ’s “overtaxed” Special Independent Unit before I.A. pokes their nose into the affair. Moonlight takes a big step back. Is it possible he made a second trip to the Montana home-sweet-home and just has no recollection of it? Once there, did he perform a heinous crime on his part-time lover? Or is this some kind of set up by his former boss? Is it really Jake who is responsible for Scarlet’s death? Does he wish for Moonlight to cover up his involvement, seal the case before Internal Affairs starts poking their nose into the situation?
1. Welcome Vincent Zandri to BOOKIN' WITH BINGO! Vincent has kindly agreed to a few questions for an interview. First, however, here is a little background on Vincent Zandri.
Moonlight Falls author, Vincent Zandri, is an award-winning novelist, essayist and freelance photojournalist. His novel As Catch Can (Delacorte) was touted in two pre-publication articles by Publishers Weekly and was called "Brilliant" upon its publication by The New York Post. The Boston Herald attributed it as “The most arresting first crime novel to break into print this season.” Other novels include Godchild (Bantam/Dell) and Permanence (NPI). Translated into several languages including Japanese and the Dutch, Zandri’s novels have also been sought out by numerous major movie producers, including Heyday Productions and DreamWorks. Presently he is the author of the blogs, Dangerous Dispatches and Embedded in Africa for Russia Today TV (RT). He also writes for other global publications, including Culture 11, Globalia and Globalspec. Zandri’s nonfiction has appeared in New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, Game and Fish Magazine and others, while his essays and short fiction have been featured in many journals including Fugue, Maryland Review and Orange Coast Magazine. He holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College and is a 2010 International Thriller Writer’s Awards panel judge. Zandri currently divides his time between New York and Europe. He is the drummer for the Albany-based punk band to Blisterz.
2. What is the next or current book/project you are working on?
I’ve just completed a novel called The Remains, about a woman who receives strange text messages from a man who abducted she and her twin sister back when they were kids. For decades she’s believed he died in prison. But now, 30 years later, she realizes her past has not only come back to haunt her, it’s come back to kill her.
I’ve also completed the first in a new detective series about a woman named Spike, who’s inherited a commercial construction business and who wields a framing hammer like some detectives carry a pistol. When one of her still-occupied elementary school renovation jobs becomes contaminated with a major asbestos leak, and the man responsible for the asbestos removal goes missing, Spike goes searching for him. But what she uncovers is a plot of greed, deception, lust and murder. Spike is a cool, sexy, tough, character. She also knows how to drive a bulldozer! You can’t say that about every woman you come across!3. What have you just finished reading?
The Bottoms by Joe Landsdale
4. What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway. It made me believe that writing as a career was possible for me, but that it would also be very hard work.
5. What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or….?
If the story sticks in my head for a few months or a year, in every bit of that haunting sense, I write it.
6. What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?
I’m still in love with my ex.
7. What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?
Write like crazy, then write some more. Read all the classics before you sit down to read what you want. Eat your peas!
8. What is something you would like to share with us about writing your favorite genre in general?
I love the noir genre because I love stories that pit one person against the world. I’m always rooting for the man or woman dragged down to the lowest point possible, so that he or she has no choice but to die or climb back out. I also love the violence and sexiness of the genre. It’s the true original American Literature.
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