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Your book Central City is a noir mystery with a gangster helping a detective solve a case after a gang war erupts in this fictional Midwestern city. In the past, the detective put this gangster in prison. Yet they work together to stop a serial killer. It’s a unique match-up. Where did the idea for these characters come from?
I wanted to blur the lines between good and evil, kind and corrupt. Developing two protagonists with different goals, I was able to come at the core ideas of the novel through contradiction, which, to me, creates an interesting and volatile story.
Mysteries naturally contain an idea at their center: if the detective could only see the situation in its totality, they would find the solution. That’s what drew me to this type of story. One thing that drives me crazy, however, is the bland sense of right and wrong so often perpetuated in police procedurals. In reality, at least in my experience, no criminal believes they’re a villain. They rationalize their behavior like the rest of us, like the police who need to decisions about where protection begins and civil liberties end. We slowly become the people we’re going to become, one choice at a time. Often, we don’t realize who we are until we see ourselves in the reactions of another, the criminal in the cop’s eyes or the law that restricts liberty.
That’s the story I worked to tell. Pairing Kane and Bayonne gave me both sides, and Central City gave me the story’s center.
The city in Central City is like a character itself, struggling for identity. A brilliant setting with cops protecting criminal enterprise and criminals doing good deeds. It’s noir world building at its finest. Tell us about the creation of this setting, and will there be a sequel? A series?
The sequel, Journeyman, comes out in the Spring of 2021, and I’m planning six more novels, a total of eight books in the series, that follow Kane Kulpa, Detective Vincent Bayonne, and Central City from 1992 into the twenty-first century.
I grew up and spent most of my early life in and around Midwestern cities. When I moved west, I discovered (to my surprise) that I’d come of age in an unusual environment and that many people had strange ideas and fears concerning cities, particularly the working-class neighborhoods I’d always called home. I chose this setting in order to develop my memories and experiences, to explore how cities, particularly the cities of my youth, have changed, and to subvert expectations pushed through television and cinema, expectations I find silly and occasionally offensive.
How can interested readers find out more about you and your work?
I have two websites where readers can engage my work. At https://centralcitybooks.com readers can explore the characters and setting of Central City and find short stories that explore the histories and exploits of Detective Vincent Bayonne, Kane Kulpa, and the rest of the antiheroes and villains of Central City.
Those interested in what I’m doing beyond Central City may visit https://www.indyperro.com. Readers can learn more about me, the novels that have influenced my work, other artists who are doing interesting things, and events where I’ll be participating. Everyone is welcome to check out these sites, join my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook @authorindyperro and twitter @IndyPerro.
Interview by HenryRoiPR
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