Several months later than I envisaged, The Getaway is finally going live on Amazon on Feb 12, 2018. Thank you to those newsletter subscribers who took advantage of my pre-release offer and thanks to everyone else who buys the book in the future.
I can say without any fear of contradiction there is blood, sweat and tears in the pages. All metaphorical, I hasten to add. You’ll be purchasing an electronic book which is an exact facsimile of the original I uploaded to the Amazon servers. No blood, no sweat and no tears will drip out of your e-reader of choice.
For me, the good news is I’ve already started on the next installment of the Lagotti Family saga. This one is called Powder and covers the lives of the Lagotti clan two years after The Heist and The Getaway.
Part of my motivation in writing these particular stories is to get inside the heads of people who steal vast quantities of money. I don’t mean in that tiresome “Oh, why do they do such a thing?” way. Instead, I am always more concerned with the banality of wrongdoers. I doubt very much that felons do what they do for the adventure. It’ll be for the money, mostly. This means that much of the time they are just like you and me: living through the tedium of their lives one step at a time. If they entered the criminal life for the adrenaline rush, they’d be far better off trying to cross the road in front of an oncoming bus. Much easier to organize and if you survive the attempt, you can do repeat the experience only a few minutes later.
It’s all about the money and the dullness of waiting to get the money, deal with the money and then hide the fact you’ve got some money. The Lagottis live inside that world. Does that mean the read is as tedious as their lives? Hope not. There is tension, fear and excitement (but I would say that, wouldn’t I?). But the heart of the drama is not a series of set-piece explosions but the relationships between the characters. It is my version of crime noir.
Fill your boots.