by Sid Meltzer
March 1-31, 2021 Tour
How can a homicide be prevented when it’s still only in some stranger’s head?
Kim Barbieri, a tough, street-smart New York City crime reporter unfazed by male egos and mangled bodies, is sent an anonymous note with a sinister message:
I intend to commit a murder
She doesn’t know who the killer is.
She doesn’t know who his victim will be.
She doesn’t know where, when and how he will strike.
But there is one thing she does know: If she doesn’t learn to think like a killer, someone’s going to get away with murder.
Kudos for Unwitting Accomplice:
“The tension builds page after page, chapter after chapter, between the psycho driven to kill and the reporter determined to stop him—ending with a surprise twist I just didn’t see coming. And I’m a thriller writer!” ~ Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and A Man at Arms
Published by: Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication Date: December 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 313
Series: A Kim Barbieri Thriller
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Sid Meltzer took a couple of worthwhile detours on his way to becoming a crime fiction writer.
He started out as a NYS Supreme Court Probation Officer, a job that helped him see things from a criminal’s point of view— and let him peer into their minds’ many dark alleys.
Working with ethically-challenged rascals prepared him well for the caliber of people he met in his next career— advertising. That is where he learned how to craft stories that draw readers in and keep them engaged.
Unwitting Accomplice is his debut novel.
Q&A with Sid Meltzer
What was the inspiration for this book?
My inspiration was an idea that crept into my brain and wouldn’t leave, which was: what if a business exec applied all his project management skills to commit the perfect crime? As a copywriter I had worked with many suits, and knew how they managed to wrestle with deadlines, understand their challenges, set goals, acquire resources etc. Once I understood my killer, I then went about creating the person who most stood in his way: The female crime reporter, Kim Barbieri.
What has been the biggest challenge in your writing career?
Learning on the job. My first drafts, involving only the killer, lacked the narrative structure, or story arc, that is the basis for successful fiction. It took me several false starts, and lots of trial and error, to create this structure, and apply it to both the killer and the reporter.
What do you absolutely need while writing?
Quiet-time. I’m easily distracted, and have to work hard at shutting out all the distractions – online, or TV, or text messages, even my dog – that prevent the completion of that day’s chapter, or that day’s editing.
Do you adhere to a strict routine when writing or write when the ideas are flowing?
A little of both. Writing takes discipline, so I make a point of writing for an hour or so in the morning, uninterrupted. Writing also takes inspiration, and that can come at anytime. While walking, while day-dreaming, while napping even. When it strikes, I jot the idea or thought down immediately so I don’t forget it. I keep a notebook with me at all times for exactly that reason.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
The Medical Examiner, Dr. Fletcher. She presented the greatest contrast between her personality, which was bright, colorful and lively, and her job, which was dismal and grim– dissecting corpses hour after hour, day after day. She was fun to create.
Tell us why we should read your book.
You should read it because you’ll be able to escape for a few days into three different worlds that may be foreign to you. The first is the scary, frightening world inside the mind of the killer, and all the turmoil he wrestles with. The second is the world of a NYC crime reporter, who has to wrestle with obstacles to get her story out day after day. The third world is the scene of the crime — Brooklyn, New York. The book gives you a good feel of what it’s like to live and work in that vibrant, ever-changing metropolis.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book?
It takes place in brownstone Brooklyn, the neighborhood I lived in and worked in for many years. As a Probation Officer there, I met quite a few interesting characters living not all that far from my home.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Simply that given the right circumstances, anyone can be driven to commit a crime. Even the most normal, upstanding member of the community has the potential to snap. An old radio show once asked, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Indeed, we don’t really know… do we?
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I started out as a New York City Probation Officer, a job that let me peer into the many dark alleys inside a criminal’s mind. I always thought I had a novel in me..a.nd here we are.
What’s next that we can look forward to?
I’m attempting a sequel set a few years from now, in which Kim Barbieri—a little older, and wiser, and grayer – tackles the Russian mob in New York City.
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