Redemption Versus Revenge

Malcolm Tanner
Malcolm Tanner Author Interview

Redemption 2 finds Mike Parsons facing a vengeful person who has crafted and intricate plot to exact revenge. What inspired the riveting setup to your story?

I always wanted the story to be a trilogy. Making the story into three parts was a challenge but what inspired me was the complicated relationship between Mike Parsons and his antagonist, Allison Branch. They both have psychological issues, which really makes it interesting. It reveals how each chooses to resolve their issues. Allison uses revenge and violence, Mike uses logic and dreamlike experiences to seek redemption. So, it was more like redemption versus revenge in a three part series.

This is book two in the Mike Parsons trilogy. What were some ideas you wanted to explore in this book that were different from book one?

I wanted to delve into the cartel’s relationship with Branch and her low level dealers as well as the high level members of the cartel and how they control the others. I wanted for Mike in book 2 to develop more as a person and start to get better, not totally of course, but to edge closer to his recovery as a human being. I also wanted to explore Andy Marx as a detective trying to struggle with the idea of wanting to retire or to keep going. It is something that I really get into in book 3 of the trilogy. I was also hoping to explore the world of of low level dealers and how they are caught with the idea of staying in or getting out of the drug business. The characters Jake and Carrianne are very conflicted with that issue.

What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?

The first one I really enjoyed was the dance scene when Mike and Joanna were out to dinner. Allison being there in disguise to view them as she did was spooky, yet realistic in the way damaged minds can see things that others don’t. Having visions, per se. The second scene I liked was the big man, Andres Montoya taking care of business outside of the hotel. I wanted to make that scene very spine-tingling, raising the hair on the neck of the reader. I think I did that.

What can readers expect in the final book in the Mike Parson trilogy?

This book is the final chase and hunt for Allison Branch, or for that matter her hunt for Mike and Andy! It is a cat and mouse game that goes back and forth like a ping pong match. Marx will be at his most skillful, Mike at his most self-aware, and Allison Branch at her deadliest. This was a great mix for book three, and my innermost description of all the characters came to life. I think the reader will enjoy the fast pace of the action.

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The quote goes, “Revenge is a dish best served cold”. However, the minute the prison door clanged shut behind Allison Branch, she began to plot her revenge. Allison knew she would need a new face, a new identity, and new friends to carry out the intricate plan she was forming. She would eliminate all the people who had wronged her and her list was getting longer.

With a new face and identity, she could be anyone, anywhere, even your neighbor next door.

The reader will be gasping at the lengths that Allison will go against Mike Parsons and his friends.

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