CRIME FOR NOVEL NO. 3

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“No sign of the intestines that had vanished from Quine’s body, nor of any forensic evidence that would have pegged the potential killer (for he knew that a rogue hair or print would surely have prevented yesterday’s fruitless interrogation of Leonora). No appeals for further sightings of the concealed figure who had entered the building shortly before Quine had died.”
― Robert Galbraith, Silkworm

My second novel, The Ozone Cafe, touches on white collar crime, however, crime writing is not really my area of expertise. I’m wondering if J.K.Rowling thought the same when she decided to pen her Cormoran Strike crime novels by Robert Galbraith. I’m not going to write under a pseudonym, but, as one does, you learn as you go. I am attempting a Domestic Noir / Crime novel as my third work of fiction.

My working title is The Tattooed City, the setting is Perth and surrounds, and especially includes dead tattooed bodies being recovered from various waterways. My protagoniist is Clare, newly widowed, and it’s her story with alternate crime chapters, mainly as a backdrop to a mysterious death and crimes that are indicative of a capital city. I have loosely plotted the novel, developing family characters early on, but for the life of me I will not know where this story will go. As they say, sometimes characters take over, sometimes your best intentions and storyline take several twists and turns and like my first novel, The Last Asbestos Town, I know I will have fun writing this one.

I have two police characters in mind. Sergeant Max Schultz and Detective Angela Macri. Although I have watched a slew of TV crime series, like SBS’s Nordic Crime Noir, countless BBC series, esp with James Nesbitt, Midsomer Murders and also Australian crime series like Jack Irish and Mystery Road to name just a few, writing scenes of dead bodies floating in the river, lakes and streams, will be the ultimate test. I have often wondered, do the bodies float face up or face down? Why do they surface even if the corpse has ingested an enormous weight of water far heavier than their body weight?

Research is the key. I am currently reading two books by Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling, also Crimson Lake by Candice Fox.

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