Today is the official launch date of ‘The Extraditionist‘ by Todd Merer and as my small contribution to mark the occasion, the hosts of this post, the lovely Claire McLaughlin of Little Bird Publicity, have contributed a more lengthy and in depth premise for the story, which certainly offers an amazingly detailed profile of Benn, this very intriguing and complicated lead character.
Todd has also submitted a pre-prepared Q&A guest post, which he would like to share with you all.
‘THE EXTRADITIONIST‘ – (A Benn Bluestone Thriller – Book #1)
Bennjamin “Benn” Bluestone is an adrenaline junkie with a law degree, and he’s found the perfect way to get his (literal) highs: representing the world’s most dangerous drug lords. Benn operates in the legal gray area between justice and criminality, feeding the secrets of the drug trade to the Department of Justice in exchange for reduced sentences for his dirty clients. Never mind the shady way in which Benn uncovers the intel or how many narcos bribe their way out of jail — the government gets its drug busts and good press, and Benn gets his cash.
Clicking on the book’s title will link you with its dedicated Goodreads page
Photograph Credit To Luis Alicea Caldas
Q: The Extraditionist is so intricately plotted, with dozens of characters and three main storylines all weaving in and out of each other. What techniques did you use while writing to keep everything straight — and make sure that every loose end was tied up?
Q: Billy and (briefly) Bea, who live in Benn Bluestone’s old neighborhood in Brooklyn, are special in that they are the only characters who don’t touch on Benn’s sordid life of drugs, murder, and mayhem. Tell us about the role you feel they play in Benn’s story and why you decided to include them in the book.
A: Billy and Bea provided a way to reveal Benn’s back story, which needed telling because it’s the foundation of who he truly is. As for old, pre-gentrified Brooklyn, East Flatbush was a neighborhood where the lingua franca was dis and dat, and whose mean streets were my classroom.
Q: The end of The Extraditionist teases a possible return for Benn Bluestone. Can you tell us anything about what you have planned next?