Kick starting my extra special “Crime Fiction Blog Takeover” fortnight is the fabulous DAVID VIDECETTE.
Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.
David Videcette ~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell. Having worked as a police detective for twenty years, I’ve seen a lot of dead bodies in my job, many of them decomposed. They are not pretty sights. The thought of deliberately allowing a body to be eaten by animals or maggots, even in the name of science, I find very difficult to deal with – because, after all, it’s still someone’s loved one or relative.
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
Energetic, evocative, entertaining and ebrious.
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
That’s a tough one, I have a few, but if I had to choose one favourite fictional character – it would be James Bond.
Bond often acts like he’s still living in the male-dominated 1950s. He’s sexist, arrogant, difficult to work with, unmanageable, a womaniser. He should have no place in our modern world, yet what I love about Bond is that you can’t dislike him, despite all his flaws. To create a character such as him that people still want to champion, even after all this time – that’s an amazing achievement.
What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
Rose Street. It’s full of incredible bars and great places to go, all on top of each other. It’s a fantastic place at night.
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
It would be interesting to watch Bond trying to seduce Kay Scarpetta over dinner, while I laughed about it with Rebus and Roy Grace.
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
I base my books on real life cases, focussing on the motives and secrets that sit behind some of the most notorious police investigations of our time. I use my own detective experience to provide the reader with new insights into things they will have seen on the news. “I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…”
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
It’s based around a line attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead”.
The song is from 2007, the year in which my new book, The Detriment is set, as Detective Jake Flannagan investigates the burning Jeep attack on Glasgow airport. The song also serves as the theme tune for the American drama series, Pretty Little Liars. It’s the perfect fit for my book in which my characters all have secrets they say they’ll never tell…
Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.
OK, I’ve based this on a real criminal case…
He was out of breath from his run up to where he’d seen the flash of light; heard the bang from the gun; seen one of the men fall. A body lay motionless at the foot of the Greyfriars Bobby Fountain, blood seeping from a gaping hole where a face had once been; any attempt at resuscitation pointless. A fake green banana clutched in the man’s left hand looked out of place. The map he held in his right indicated where more such plastic treasures could be found, camouflaged in each pallet of fruit arriving at the warehouse’s ripening room. 200g of cocaine wrapped in cling film and smothered in grease to avoid the sniffer dogs – all encased in a synthetic green shell. Jake wished that he’d stayed in The Wash Bar for that extra pint. The killer couldn’t be far, yet it was going to be a long, cold night.
Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?
Yes! I’m only bloody going to be at Bloody Scotland in September. Get yourself along to the Curly Coo Bar in Stirling on Sunday 10th September at 3.30pm. I’ll be chatting about all things criminal along with two other murderous misfits – Alan Jones, author of Bloq, and Alison Baillie, author of Sewing the Shadows Together. Our panel will be chaired by crime fiction expert Sharon Bairden, from Chapter in my Life.
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you were inspired to write it?
The Theseus Paradox is a thriller set against the backdrop of the London 7/7 bombings – an investigation on which I worked for five years.
One of the reasons I wrote the book was to process everything I had in my head about that case. I never, ever stopped thinking about it.
I didn’t want to take this story to the grave with me. What happened was an important part of our social history and we’ve only discussed one side of it – until now.
How much of what I have written is true and how much is fiction? That’s for you as the reader to decide.
How can we find out more about you?
I love to interact with crime fans. Readers can chat with me on Facebook, or Twitter or Instagram. You can find out more about me here. Take a look at my books on Amazon here. And if you’d like the chance to win a signed paperback copy of my latest release, you can enter your email address here, and you’ll go into the hat each time I have a new thriller out.
The Theseus Paradox blurb:
The stunning breakthrough thriller based on real events.
From the Scotland Yard detective turned author.
“I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…”
How much is real and how much is fiction, only YOU can decide!
7 July 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest police investigation the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.
- Who masterminded London’s summer of terror?
- Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?
- Is Jake’s absent girlfriend really who she claims to be?
While hunting for the answers to the most complex case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.
The Detriment blurb:
“The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”
June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.
From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.
We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell…
Brilliant David, a fantastic start to my takeover, HUGE thanks for taking part.
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