This intriguing 282- page book (ISBN: print - 978-1-61188-063-2, eBook - 978-1-61188-064-9) was published by The Story Plant. It can be purchased from Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads.
Peter’s jaw-dropping Voices Of The Dead introduced us to two mortal enemies: Holocaust survivor Harry Levin and Nazi death angel Ernst Hess. Now, their struggle reaches its dramatic conclusion in Back From The Dead.
Bahamas, 1971. Ernst Hess, missing and presumed dead, regains consciousness to find himself stuck in a hospital bed on a strange ward in a foreign country. He must do what he needs to do to get his life back and to finish the job he has been doing for decades.
Harry believes he has already stopped Hess. When he finds out that the war criminal has somehow survived, Harry must do the only thing he can do – kill Hess again – even if it means crossing continents and putting his life and the lives of those that matter to him on the line.
Action-packed and darkly humorous, Back From The Dead is the unforgettable conclusion to a story that launches Peter Leonard into the pantheon of great suspense novelists.
Peter joins us today and has graciously answered some questions for me about his writing and his book.
Mason - How do you go about doing research for your writing? Is it a process you enjoy or just find it necessary?
Peter - I typically Google a subject and get most of what I need. You can find useful information like: how to steal a car, how to pick a lock, gun stats, redneck names and expressions, and with a satellite map you can visit a location from the comfort of your desk and actually zoom in on streets, buildings and houses. I don't particularly enjoy research, but it's important.
Mason - In what order does your characters come to life - name, physical description, personality?
Peter - The name helps define the character, and helps the character talk, and when the dialogue is right, the character comes to life. I try not to describe a character in a lot of detail. You know the person by the way he or she talks.
Mason - Of these three elements (name, physical description, personality), which is the easiest to develop and which is the hardest?
Peter - I think describing a character is the easiest. Creating a real and interesting personality is a lot more difficult.
Mason - Why write this series of books? What made this story so compelling to you that you had to tell it?
Peter - Three things influenced my writing Voices of the Dead. I dated a Jewish girl in college. I visited Dachau concentration camp. And I read an article in the Washington Post about a drunk diplomat who killed a girl in an auto accident and was given immunity from prosecution. My editor loved the book and asked if I'd be willing to write a sequel.
Mason - Have you always wanted to write or was there an event that lead you to writing?
Peter - I wrote ads for many years, and decided to try my hand at fiction because I was bored. After a little trial and error, it worked.
Mason - What can readers look forward to next from you?
Peter - My next book is called Eyes Closed Tight. It's based in part on time hanging out with Detroit Police Homicide Section. I talked to detectives, went to crime scenes, and read old case files. The experience was invaluable.
Peter, thanks for visiting with us today and giving us a look at how your writing comes about. It is amazing what one can find with Google. BTW, if the last name of Leonard sounds familiar, Peter is the son of Elmore Leonard.
Peter lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife and four children. He is a partner in the ad agency of Leonard, Mayer & Tocco, Inc.
For more on Peter and his writing, visit his website at http://peterleonardbooks.com/ or find him on Facebook.
To tempt you a bit more, Peter has shared an excerpt from Back From The Dead.
If you’d like to follow Peter on his Partners In Crime tour, you can find where he’s going next.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you used Google for research? What do you find most intriguing about books dealing with the Holocaust whether fact or fiction?