The man sitting at the wheel of the car was 100 yards from his moment of destiny. He was oblivious to it, of course. Murderers don’t necessarily realise they are killers until a few seconds before it happens. Murderers are sometimes just like you and me. He would never have dreamed that such a thing might happen. Ridiculous. If anyone had told him that today was the day he would turn into a killer, he would have looked at them quizzically; questioning their sanity; instead of questioning his own.
The murder investigation into the death of a young girl at Nottingham’s Goose Fair throws up several suspects, close to home and further away. The stream of inquiries spirals into a climax, and suddenly another young life hangs in the balance.
Detective Inspector Stark and his team prepare to do anything to stop further bloodshed. They are willing to use any means necessary, whether it be fair means or foul.
In his fourth crime thriller, critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright, once again regales the stark reality of murder, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area.
- Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
I don’t take a book or e-reader everywhere I go, as usually I am writing. I can generally be found (in normal times), at home or in a coffee shop, plotting or writing. I try to read when I can, but as I am probably a little older than most, I have done my fair share in periods of my life when I wasn’t writing. Nowadays my reading tends to be when on holiday.
- Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I’ve spent my life being ‘the good one.’ I was a detective for 25 years. I would find it really strange being the baddy and I wouldn’t be rooting for me. There is a subtle difference between being a ‘goodie-two-shoes,’ and being a detective mixing with the criminal echelons and fighting baddies on behalf of those unable to stick up for themselves. It’s not like you can hug it out of them? If it is written accurately there is plenty of interest in the ‘good’ character.
- Where can I find you when you are reading?
On holiday, with a coffee, or an occasional beer, a cigarette, and trying to balance my reading glasses underneath my sunglasses.
- Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
At home or in a coffee shop writing, or with my family doing family stuff.
- Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
No, I always feel the draw to go into a book shop of any kind. Whether it was a second hand store or a Waterstones. I don’t discriminate. I will browse fiction and non-fiction alike and buy books, many of which I still wait to read. For years my grown up children often buy me a book for Christmas and birthday, usually one I would never buy myself. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not so much.
- What are you most proud of?
Putting aside the obvious, being a good father etc. I suppose my biggest writing achievements are being shortlisted for the John Creasey Award for the best debut crime novel for ‘One Oblique One.’
Secondly for getting great reviews in prestigious newspapers such as The Times, Financial Times, Sunday Express etc.
Finally, being heavily involved in Bouchercon the World Mystery Convention and being on the main panel in front of two thousand people.
- What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It is the thrill of seeing the end product. Something I have created from scratch and only exists because of me. It is the anticipation of knowing that people will read the book and be entertained and informed and surprised. It is knowing that I have created something that says, ‘I was here in planet earth.’ You hope there is a legacy in there. I don’t think anyone, but writers can really understand what a great feeling that is.
- What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Do your own thing. Tell your own story. Be careful what advice you listen to, as most people know nothing, or if they do, it fits them not you. Keep it real. I share Stephen King’s advice to ‘show don’t tell,’ up to a point; while the bulk of the book should do this, sometimes you have to ‘tell’ to keep the pace right and avoid reader yawns.
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I will try to avoid the regulars such as Winston Churchill and Stephen Fry. I think I would like to interview my father. There was so much I did not ask him when he was alive, and I would be intrigued about the horrors he experienced in the war as a mere 19-year-old, his subsequent mental health issues and alcoholism. It would also be good to tell him I forgive him for being such a shit Dad.
- When and where do you prefer to write?
As I have mentioned I tend to write in the house or in my regular coffee shop. I call the barista’s my co-workers. We just have different roles. I prefer the coffee shop overall.
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About the author
Keith Wright is the Author of the crime novels in the ‘Inspector Stark series’ available on Amazon, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited|Audiobook on Audible and iTunes.