I reviewed THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS last year, with the book featuring on the years best crime fiction list for 2014.
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Jonathan was kind enough to stop by the blog to answer some questions about the book and where to from here.
(Josh) The reader doesn't get a chance to settle into reading THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS with the action at the forefront of the story and continuing through to conclusion. How important was it to establish the status-quo in THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS?
(Jonathan) The status quo is established by the narrator/main character's demented and selfish perceptions of the world and his fellows, the people he uses and manipulates to get what he thinks he wants, and who knows if even he's aware of what that is. The novel is an attempt to probe the mind of a true American capitalist, one unencumbered by social mores.
Jon’s ambition initially seems to develop from addition and accident before being a natural progression. When this character was conceived, was he always destined to rise up the ranks in the dangerous drug trade?
The supporting cast add an element of dark humour in Paul and Jimmy – did you actively try to balance out the violent nature of THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS with this?
David Goodis was the poet of the common criminal and his works made mine possible.
What books would you recommend reading for fans of THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS?
If you could sell THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS in one sentence, what would it be?
What are you currently working on? Will there be more noir novels from you in the future?
I'm currently working on a historical novel set in Louisville at the turn of the century involving ex-slaves, serial killers, bordellos, and bent cops. There will be many more noir novels from me.
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