The Rebel by Jaime Raven
Sometimes you have to take the law into your own hands…
DI Laura Jefferson will do whatever it takes to bring down London’s most notorious crime boss. When her team receive a deadly threat – stop their investigation or the police and their families will be targeted – but they aren’t willing to back down…
Then the killings begin.
A new body is turns up every day, and with no leads, Laura knows she has to take action. Her family is innocent and she’ll stop at nothing to protect them.
When someone close to her is hurt, she’ll break every rule in the book to get vengeance.
What book truly inspired your life and why?
- I can’t remember most of the books I read as a child. It wasn’t until I was into my teens that I started reading for the fun of it. My late mother was a big crime fiction fan and her favourite authors were Agatha Christie and Mickey Spillane. She had a big collection of their paperbacks and one day I picked up a copy of I, The Jury, Spillane’s first book featuring the iconic private eye Mike Hammer. Well I was hooked from the start and went on to devour all of Spillane’s novels. I can honestly say that I, The Jury had a huge influence on my life and helped encourage me to become a crime novelist.
How did you pick who you dedicated your book too?
- The dedication is my new book, The Rebel, reads as follows: To the new arrivals, in order of age – Evelyn, Lucas, Adam and Ella. May they all have a happy life. These are children born into our extended family over the past few years. Whenever possible I like to dedicate my books to family members.
Did you do a lot of research for your book?
- I do carry out quite extensive research for my books. Much of it is done through Google and I have to say that the internet has made it so much easier for authors. I also like to visit the locations I include in my books. Most of The Rebel is set in London and I made sure that I checked out all the places I mentioned, including New Scotland Yard, the South Bank of the Thames and parts of South London. For The Rebel I also carried out a great deal of research into the Mexican drug cartels which proved to be a real eye-opener. I had no idea how brutal and extensive the violence was in that country.
What was your favourite read of 2017?
- My favourite read of 2017 was Backstabber by Kimberley Chambers. I’m a huge fan of the author and I think this book is one of her best. It’s a real gritty tale with an excellent twist.
If you had to take three books on a desert island what would they be?
- This is an easy one because I’ve been asked the question before.
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris is to me one of the best thrillers ever written. It unleashed the serial killer Hannibal Lecter onto an unsuspecting world.
The Godfather by Mario Puzo. A classic that was made into a terrific film. I’ve read it twice and I’m sure that if I was stranded on a desert island I would enjoy reading it again.
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. This is a big book that was a big hit when published in 2013. A great crime novel.
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?
- I started out writing short stories for magazines, a number of which were published. But like most authors I struggled to get my first book accepted and had to deal with quite a few of those dreaded rejection letters. I eventually got a publisher interested in my work and saw a number of books published. However, real success didn’t come until Avon/Harper Collins took me on and published the first Jaime Raven book, The Madam. This was followed by The Alibi, The Mother and now The Rebel.
What would you like your readers to know before starting your book?
- I’d like readers to know that I’ve tried to make The Rebel as realistic as possible. The book is a work of fiction and years ago the events that take place would perhaps have been considered a little far-fetched. But sadly that’s no longer the case.
Do you have any questions that you would like to ask your readers?
- Sure – are you keen to tell me what you think of my books? If so then feel free to contact me through Twitter or through my Jaime website.
Author website: http://www.jaime-raven.com/
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