WELCOME BACK PETER LEONARD
Peter Leonard lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife and four children.
Peter Leonard’s debut novel, QUIVER, was published to inter- national acclaim in 2008, and was followed by TRUST ME in 2009, and VOICES OF THE DEAD and ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL in 2012. BACK FROM THE DEAD is his fifth novel. (click titles above for my reviews)
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Q&A with Peter Leonard
In preparation for writing EYES CLOSED TIGHT, you spent a month with Detroit police detectives investigating murders. How did the experiences help you prepare and develop your characters?
I spent a lot of time taking to detectives, listening to their stories and the rhythms of their speech. I watched them in action at crime scenes. All of these experiences helped me develop characters who sound real.
How did your experiences with the Detroit detectives compare to your expectations before the research?
I thought it would be interesting. I had no idea how interesting.
Was there a particular case that you shadowed that inspired you for the book?
There wasn’t a particular case. It was the complete experience that helped with the background of my story, the procedural aspects of investigating a homicide, watching the Detroit detectives in action.
When you were growing up, how did watching your father Elmore Leonard inspire you to be a writer?
If I ever aspired to be a novelist, I gave up the notion when my father appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine and became famous.
You spent much of your career in the advertising industry. What made you decide to become a full-time novelist a few years ago?
I was bored out of my mind. At age fifty-two I thought, if I’m ever going to do it I better get going. One evening on my way home from a client meeting at Volkswagen, I stopped at my father’s house. Elmore was writing The Hot Kid. He picked up a piece of paper and read a scene he had written that day. He was excited, enthusiastic about what he was doing and I wasn’t. That might have been my epiphany. A couple months later I started writing my first novel.
At the start of your writing career, you dabbled in scriptwriting. What made you decide to move to novels?
My father said, “If you want to write, write a novel. Writing scripts is like wanting to be a co-pilot.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favorite?
I don’t have a favorite. I like O’Clair from Eyes Closed Tight, Harry Levin from Voices of the Dead, and McCabe from All He Saw was the Girl.
How has living most of your life in Detroit shaped your writing?
If you write crime fiction you couldn’t find a better city than Detroit.
ABOUT THE BOOK
All O’Clair wanted was a quiet life far from the frozen streets of Detroit. A former homicide investigator, he was spending his retirement as a motel owner in sunny Pompano Beach, Florida. He had it all, including his knockout girlfriend, Virginia, who can fix anything.
One morning, while he’s cleaning up after the previous night’s partiers, he sees a lovely young woman who appears to be stretched out asleep on a lounge chair. When he goes to awaken her he realizes she’s taken her last nap. The discovery triggers a rollercoaster chain of events that launches EYES CLOSED TIGHT.
When a second girl is murdered, O’Clair realizes someone is sending him a message. The murder pattern is eerily reminiscent of a case he investigated years earlier. Convinced the murders are related, O’Clair returns to his former stomping grounds at Detroit Police Homicide to review the murder file and try to figure out what he might have missed.
Then Virginia is kidnapped and the case becomes personal. Highly personal.
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Watch for my review in the near future.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Number of Pages: 300 pages
Publisher: The Story Plant
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
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