JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Robert Dugoni, author of Murder One
(Touchstone/Simon and Schuster)
Murder One is the fourth novel in the David Sloane series. Thirteen months after the murder of his wife, Sloane makes an appearance at a legal event. He runs into a former adversary, Barclay Reid. Reid is suffering from her own tragedy, the loss of her daughter to a drug overdose. When the dealer responsible walks from a federal courtroom, Reid turns to Sloane to go after the dealer in a civil action.
Sloane is reluctant as he is developing feelings for Reid. Sloane takes on the case. Before it gets going, the dealer is found with a bullet in the back of his head and all the evidence points to Reid. Now Reid wants Sloane, the “lawyer who does not lose”, to defend her. Sloane reluctantly agrees but soon finds Reid to be a woman of many secrets.
Reviewers are calling the book a cross between Presumed Innocent and Basic Instinct.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Murder One?
Robert Dugoni: I sat in on a capital murder case in King County Washington for three months and was introduced to homicide detectives, forensic experts, CSI, trackers, dogs, etc. The whole world was pretty amazing, intense and suspenseful. Seemed the perfect place for David Sloane.
JP: What sets Murder One apart from other books in the same genre?
RD: What I’ve been told is that it is the character development and not just my protagonist, David Sloane. Reviews of Murder One have been outstanding, and all make mention of the great character development.
The best compliment I’ve received was from a reviewer in Chicago who said that David Sloane is the most well-rounded character since Rusty Savich in Presumed Innocent. High praise that was humbling.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Murder One getting out to the public?
RD: First, you have to write a great book. There are so many people getting books out now it’s tough to stand out. Your work has to be strong and stay strong. Then you need a lot of word-of-mouth, people getting on Facebook and Twitter and spreading the word. And, of course, nice comments from bloggers can also go a long way.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Murder One?
RD: It takes me about a year, start to finish including all the research. I treat writing like a job. I get to my desk, and I go to work usually from about 7 or 7:30 in the morning until about 3 or 3:30 when afterschool sports start. At night, I do the social networking and other promotional type material.
JP: What’s next for Robert Dugoni?
RD: David Sloane #5 next June 2012. When Jake goes down a dark path, Sloane struggles to save him before it is too late…
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