My newest novel The Identity Thief has just been released! I’ve conquered the horror and romance genres and this one is a thriller. Here’s a brief synopsis:
X is an identity thief extraordinaire who steals the identity of the worst possible person! He soon becomes a fugitive, hunted by every intelligence agency in the world. To survive, X must use his talent for deceit and his chameleon-like ability to adopt one persona after another, as his predicament becomes steadily more harrowing and the stakes mount. The international adventures of this sardonic and amoral anti-hero combine the irony of The Third Man with the fast-paced thrills of The Bourne Identity.
Telling a story in which the protagonist is a rat was challenging. An identity thief is not a glamorous sort of criminal like a jewel thief. We despise these guys. One of the keys, I found, was to make X charming and witty. I found inspiration in the performance of Orson Welles as the charismatic but crooked Harry Lime in The Third Man. (When the movie of this book comes out, I wouldn’t mind some zither music in the background).
Needless to say, I tore my hair out when a movie titled The Identity Thief came out earlier this year – just as my book was going into the final stages of production. But what can you do? I don’t think anyone will confuse this thriller with the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. And many people have probably forgotten about the flick by now. Last go around, my horror novel was set to be titled Nature of the Beast when I learned that was the name of several novels, movies and songs. Reluctantly I changed it to Hour of the Beast, which, with its hint of imminent danger turned out to be better.