A Killer Amongst Them

Author Interview
Ben Nicholls Author Interview

Rogue Justice follows two detectives as they hunt down a vigilante serial killer who is cutting a bloody swathe through a small town. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I’ve always enjoyed the dynamic of country towns. People have a strong connection to the area and the people around them. It was this concept I wanted to highlight and exploit. A killer amongst them has people looking over their shoulder believing they could be next. If the setting was across densely populated areas, I didn’t feel it would have had the same impact. Safety in numbers as they say – I didn’t want that!

Detectives Englund and Hicks are intriguing and well developed characters. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted the reader to get a deeper understanding of the person behind the badge. Their profession is one thing, but what makes up the sum of them can be completely different. While they share a common goal in their policing, how they achieve it is often a source of debate between the two. By providing a backstory to such contrasting characters, I feel allows them to evolve with the narrative and broaden the story. I love characters who you feel invested in their exploits.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Rogue Justice is a brutal and unrelenting story of revenge. Many believe there is more emphasis placed on the rehabilitation of criminals than there is consideration to the victim. I take this notion and amp it to eleven. There is also a strong sense of isolation, whether it be remote locations or the feeling of utter helplessness at the hands of a sadistic killer. The sense of unease permeates throughout the story. I also wanted to instill some levity into the narration as a sort of reprieve. I didn’t want to continually bang the reader over the head with blood and violence, although there is a lot of that! The crux of the story needed to draw you in and keep you there on its merit.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’ll be leaving a rural setting in Australia and broadening my horizons across the USA. Whereas Rogue Justice took up a few broad strokes in terms of setting, this one will cover the entire canvas. A bounty hunter gets caught up in a bank heist and kills the son of a notorious crime boss. The chase is on…While my current focus is promoting Rogue Justice, I’ll soon start cranking the wheels of the publication process to get another book into the hands of those that have enjoyed my debut novel, and hopefully, pick up a few new stragglers along the way.

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Someone disillusioned with the criminal justice system has decided that there is only one option available to prevent the scales of justice from tilting in favour of those that carry out heinous crimes. Believing the system broken, he ruthlessly dispenses his own brand of retribution.

Cutting a swathe through a rural community, he subjects his hapless preys to unimaginable cruelty in twisted games of cat and mouse before executing them in escalating brutality.

Detectives Englund and Hicks are tasked with tracking down a killer amidst their close-knit community, seemingly without motive.

When a young girl is kidnapped, coinciding with the release of a notorious paedophile, Englund is forced to evaluate his own position and question what justice really means.

Will Englund and the enigmatic Hicks catch the killer before the town implodes and takes justice into its own hands?

Or will they become another statistic in an ever-increasing body count?

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