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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Ben Nicholls’ Rogue Justice is a thrilling crime fiction novel following two detectives that are hunting a serial killer through a small town who is carrying out his own brand of brutal justice. The town is on edge and detective Englund and Hicks are in a race against time to find the killer before the town implodes.
One of the greatest strength of this story is the masterful use of point of views. Whether they be the killer, the detectives on the case, the victims, or even innocent bystanders, the story gives us an extensive view of what is happening. Although the perspectives leave you wondering where it’s all going, the point of views are always coherent and cohesive, across multiple chapters and storylines. The action and intrigue are slowed down by the plethora of characters, or by the way some characters lose themselves in their memories. This provides great depth of character and is a sharp contrast to the fast-paced chapters.
The characters were all compelling, which helps to sustain the high level of intrigue throughout the book. Detective Englund, despite his drier moments, was riveting and I found myself following his story with close interest. Equally, the murderer was cold and calculating, which was a thrill to read. While they were not the most humane characters, they were definitely cunning and thoughtful, giving a real impression of the cat chasing the mouse.
The slow unraveling of the mystery at the heart of this story is interspersed with moments where characters wandered about their lives and the daily banality of it. This provides moments of respite before we are taken back to the action.
Rouge Justice is a captivating murder mystery with a good amount of thought for the phenomenal amount of planning the killer would have gone through. While the novel is lengthy I think crime fiction fans will find an enthralling mystery at the heart of this story.
Pages: 700 | ASIN: B0958M7KM1
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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 pedophile, 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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