I’ll be adding in my skeleton or working draft of my new novel based in the swamplands somewhere between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I’ve always admired James Sallis and his Lew Griffith series, as well as James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series. Noir has been a favorite with me since I was young.
The novel will be set in the midst of a mythical Louisiana rather than a specific localized parish or city. I’m following Faulkner in this, along with a horror short story author, Thomas Ligotti in this as both authors left the notion of actuality in the imaginative need of the reader rather than imposing it in some stabilized political or real setting. This was the drift of the different fictive elements can take on their own life without adhering to some arbitrary map of the territory. As this grows into a series of novels I want it to reach through those barriers of history and time to encompass a rich ensemble of themes and issues: race, politics, gender, culture, philosophy, etc., but do it all concretely through the characters lives as well as the anti-heroes natural proclivities to think about things.
The basic synopsis is of a man in his early forties, our anti-hero who’s current lover is killed in an obscene and grotesque mode. He’s thrown back on his own resources since he is himself a suspect until ruled out. He is a detective in a local city that will not be named, nor qualified to allow the reader to surmise and attenuate the storyline somewhat like Faulkner’s mythic tales in Yoknapatawpha County. Yet, this will be somewhere between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The killer will be a man, both intelligent and resourceful, who’s sister is killed by our detective anti-hero in a drug bust shoot out and homicide investigation. The killer is a pure and unadulterated psychopath, but very intelligent in his unfeeling and is seeking not just revenge but for the detective to suffer in a way that only the psychopath himself understands. Should hopefully be entertaining and bring both romance, southern gothic, and crime fiction genres together in a weave of interrelated tales that are all twined with the art of origami.
Flowers for Lobelia
- Chapter One
- Chapter Two
- Chapter Three