Harry Starke is the first novel in the Harry Starke series of murder mysteries.
Why Did Tabitha Willard Throw Herself off the Walnut Street Bridge?
It’s almost midnight, bitterly cold, snowing, when a beautiful young girl, Tabitha Willard, throws herself off the Walnut Street Bridge into the icy waters of the Tennessee. Harry Starke is there, on the bridge. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. He tries, but is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that involves a local United States congressman, a senior lady senator from Boston, a local crime boss, several very nasty individuals, sex, extortion, high finance, corruption, and three murders. Harry has to work his way through a web of deceit and corruption until finally…. Well, as always, there’s a twist in the tale, several in fact….
Harry Starke is a hard-boiled private detective, an ex-cop, a tough guy from right side of the tracks with finely tuned senses, good instincts, and friends in high places. He’s single, successful, well educated, and yes, he will hurt you if he needs to.
– What was the inspiration for your latest book (i.e. the one you are currently promoting)?
A: The inspiration for Harry Starke when I visited the Walnut Street bridge, a pedestrian bridge over the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. “A great place for a suicide,” I thought, and, in my mind’s eye, I could see it happening. The idea in itself was not enough. I had to expand on it and add a couple of murders, some nefarious characters, and several dangerous situations (for Harry), and from there it kind of grew, which is the way it usually happens with all of my books.
– How much of yourself is reflected in this book (for example, professional expertise, personality, or other), and how?
A: There has to be some of the author in every book, even if it’s only fantasy. Harry Starke is everything I wish I was.
– The first thing that draws me to a book is its cover. Can you tell us about your cover – why you chose that concept and who the artist is.
A: The cover for Harry Starke came from a stock photo. The character in the image is exactly how I would want him to look.
– Can you tell us something quirky about this book , its story and characters? (for example, were the characters named after something or someone in particular)
A: All of my books have some quirky characters Harry Starke, has Benny Hinkle, a rather strange bar owner. The same book also has Shady Tree and Stimpy and Ren. Books two and three in the series, Two for the Money and Hill House, introduce a very nasty Mafia don in the form of Sal De Luca. Quirky characters add character to the book.
– If you could / wished to turn this book/series into a movie, who would be your dream team? (e.g. director, actors, locations, etc. – dead, alive or mythical!)
A: One can only wish, and if wishes came true Harry would be played by Titus Welliver who plays Harry Bosch in the TV series. Amanda? I guess Sara Paxton best looks the part.
– What is your writing process?
A: It’s very simple. When I am involved in a project, I write seven days a week from 8am until I get tired, usually around 2pm or 3pm. Once the project is complete, I do an edit and then send it to my editor. She will do a full copy and content edit then send it back to me. I will do another edit, then it’s back to her for the final edit.
– What is in store next?
A: These days my writing is all about Harry Starke. The fifth book in the series, Family Matters, is due to be released in a couple of weeks, and I am already at work on book six. I don’t have a title for that one yet, and there are more to come. He is garnering quite a following, I’m happy to say, so as long as I can keep him fresh, and the plots interesting, that’s what I will be doing.
Blair Howard is from a small town in England, near Stratford-upon-Avon, on the edge of the English Cotswolds. He is Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed upon him in 2008 by the then Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Steven L. Beshear. Until 2015, he wrote sweeping historical epics, and is the author of five historical novels. In July of 2015 he decided to try his hand at writing mystery novels, thus we have Harry Starke. The first in the series, Harry Starke, was released in mid-September 2015. The second novel, Two for the Money, was released October 19 the same year, Hill House, in mid-December 2015, and Checkmate in February 2016, and there are more to come.
Blair is the author of more than 40 books, including the Harry Starke series and five novels of the American Civil War. More than 4,500 magazine, newspaper, and web articles. His work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Delta’s Sky Magazine, PHOTOgraphic magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Walking Magazine, Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free-Press, The Anchorage Times and many more.
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