Last Call, my eighth novel, is an exploration of the skewed world of the serial killer and the impact their deviant impulses have on the lives of ordinary people.
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FAIR WARNING: This one’s not for the faint of heart.
The inspiration for the novel stems from an admission interview I conducted as a med student on a paranoid schizophrenic who’d just murdered three people. Within the framework of the man’s disease—and his otherwise remarkable ability to function and reason in the everyday world—what he'd done seemed to him perfectly justified, no more shocking or deranged than swatting a pesky mosquito. That people like him live and operate among us sparked a grim fascination in me; and with Last Call, I’ve finally gotten around to confronting it in a fictional setting.
Here's the back cover blurb:
In the space of a single day, twenty year old Trish West purchases her first car, gets accepted into veterinary college, and finds her rockstar father, Jim Gamble, a man who vanished into the streets before she was born and now clings to life in a Toronto intensive care unit.
Eager to establish a relationship with Mr. Gamble, Trish heads out from her Northern Ontario home that very day to stand at his bedside. But along the way, she crosses paths with a man who will upend her life and the lives of everyone she cares about.
Meet Bobcat, a savage serial killer christened The Dentist by the press, a deranged trophy hunter who sees Trish as the ultimate prize.
Last Call is a story of lost innocence, sociopathic obsession and moral redemption that is certain to haunt you long after you’ve read the last page.
I have to admit, once the novel was complete, I grappled for weeks with an inner voice that felt the book was too savage and dark, a voice that warned it might in fact alienate an otherwise loyal readership. In the end, however, I decided to release it into the world and trust you to decide. People like Bobcat exist, and, as evidenced by their prominence in popular fiction and film, hold a similar fascination for us all.
Last Call was written honestly and with compassion for its heroic protagonists, and I had a lot of fun bringing it to life. I hope you have fun with it, too.
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