Vengeance is a new book which is hitting the shelves this month. We are fortunate to bring you a character spotlight on the blog today. This book is written by Roger A. Price and we have asked him all about one of the characters from his new book, Christine.
So what is Vengeance about?
Jack Quintel is a hit man. When a job comes in to kill the Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Jim Reedly, he contracts it out to a new guy, Charlie Parker. Watching in the shadows, Quintel sees Parker shoot out Reedly’s windscreen, then drag him into the woods and thinks the job’s been done. But when Parker tries to pass off a pig’s heart as Reedly’s, things start to go very wrong. Jack’s right hand man Jason kills Charlie, who it turns out is an undercover police officer.
Detective Vinnie Palmer is with the Preston police.
He was called in when they received the information about the impending hit. Now he has to figure out how to clean up the mess. And he wants whoever killed Parker bad. He finds the man who put Parker in touch with Quintel, a low life hood named Dempter, living in an estate in Preston. He doesn’t know much, but motivated by money, agrees to be an informant for the police.
Christine Jones is a TV reporter.
She and Vinnie had worked together before, chasing a serial killer. They meet again at the warehouse where Charlie was killed, and realise their relationship could be more than professional. But first, Christine wants to know what’s happening. Vinnie agrees to keep her in the loop.
Meanwhile, Christine is working on a documentary about positive discrimination against non-Catholic officers in Northern Ireland since the peace process. She makes contact with a former police officer in Northern Belfast named Paul Bury, who feeds her some of the information she needs.
Meanwhile, as the bodies start to pile up in Preston, there’s another attempt on Reedly’s life, when a grenade is thrown at him at his brother in law’s funeral. As Vinnie fights to keep Reedly alive, suddenly Christine’s life is in danger. And they both start to wonder if the contract against Reedly has anything to do with her documentary on Northern Ireland. But how could it?
Filled with twists and turns and gritty detail, this is must read for crime fans everywhere.
Please introduce your character Christine. . .
Christine Jones is in her early thirties, single with no kids and lives in Manchester. She has a sister Lesley who also lives in Manchester whom she doesn’t see as much as she should. Lesley suffers from bouts of depression from time to time, and Christine is all she has when the chips are down.
Christine is a qualified journalist and started off working for the papers before making the move into investigative reporting. She now works for a regional TV station – NWTV – where she mainly works in the news room, but is spending more and more time on producing investigative documentaries and less presenting the news. Her first real breakthrough documentary came after her experiences in Nemesis (the first book in the series) which is where she met DI Vinnie Palmer – the other main character.
Did you write the book to accommodate Christine or Christine to accommodate the book?
I was starting a new series and wanted a male and a female lead characters. I was always intrigued re the relationships between the press and the police in real life and thought it would be fun to explore it. Each after the truth, but chasing it from differing agendas. I also thought it would make an original pairing in contemporary crime fiction.
I always create the main characters first and then give them some problems to deal with. This creates the story. Secondary or minor characters are often created to support and move the story along.
What do you like most about Christine?
She is a sassy, strong, alpha female who saves Vinnie on more than one occasion, but she is also very charming and funny too.
What do you like least about her?
She can be impulsive, especially when she smells a scoop, where she can jump in head first – which leads to drama, of course.
Did your early readers/editorial team like her immediately or did you have to alter her in anyway?
In both Nemesis and Vengeance, I have only been asked to do minor changes with a slight tweak to enhance Christine’s developing relationship with Vinnie, so fingers crossed this means they like them.
Does she have any similarities with anyone real?
All my characters are a composite of many real personas mixed up with a good dollop of imagination. I steer clear of caricaturing real people as it restricts what a writer can do with a character, plus if someone recognises themselves – or think they do – it can create problems.
What are your plans for Christine?
To enhance Christine’s relationship with Vinnie, both personally and professionally. To increase her success and standing at work and to see where they go.
Would you be friends in real life?
Definitely, she would have made a great detective.
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