ON WRITING “DEADLY REVENGE”
I came across the idea for this story while doing research for an earlier book. Only the incident itself (but less grisly) and the scene are almost real. Everything else is a figment of my imagination. I found nothing on the Internet or in local papers of the moment to fill the reader in on the details or who was behind the assassination. Days later it was as if nothing had ever happened. I assume – as most other people, too – that the secret service and their political masters were covering up.
My book DEADLY REVENGE is a guess on my part of what went on behind the scenes until the culprits were finally caught.
While researching the story – as one reviewer rightly guesses – I devised a back story of who these European terrorists were and dug deep into their psychological make-up, their mindset, their usage of the media and how they prove their brutal methods. The terrorist cell and the right-wing characters are the result of this digging. The persons are composites (to avoid possible recognition) and, for all I know, might have existed .
I discovered a few examples of where bureaucracy and personal ambition in the upper levels of police and politics impeded an investigation – and have built one such possibility into the story.
The figure of Andrea Christensen as well as her family are fictitious, but she is the one who keeps the investigation alive, guessing that politicians are impeding progress – both internally and at state level. Especially as local elections are just round the corner and the right-wing seems likely to make noticeable gains. She is ready to sacrifice all and walks a high wire to make sure that her father didn’t die in vain.
While DCS Kruger fights to keep the now flailing investigation on track, Andrea, unaware of his internal problems and critical of the lack of progress being made, takes matters in hand and does her own investigation, but soon finds herself in danger of becoming a victim herself. Kruger is forced to allocate resources to protect her – which she arrogantly refuses much to his chagrin. She is above such considerations. She has a plan of her own.
The inspectors Mario Ziegler and Monika Tiller are again the lead officers on Kruger’s serious crime squad. This time they are forced to work with the counter-terrorism department whose concept of police work is vastly different to theirs and causes internal friction, pointing up what coöperation means to the people involved when two methods of policing clash.
I chose Munich for the location of this crime series because it lies in the triangle of countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland and close to the Czech Republic and Italy – a perfect setting for international crime.
I enjoyed the research and writing of the story. I hope the reader does, too.