For my first novel, They Never Die Quietly, the hook was the villain. As a religious fanatic with a perverse sense of right and wrong, I created a man whose twisted interpretation of his spiritual beliefs gave him a license to commit the most unimaginable acts of depravity with the unconditional endorsement of his God. This, of course, made it possible for me to create a monster whose evil had no boundaries.
For the next book in the series I faced a quandary: I had already created a villain
so evil and so unmerciful that he pushed the limits of the reader’s imagination. How could I top that?
After kicking around a few possibilities, an idea hit me. Are any of us truly
incorruptible? If we longed for something so desperately, could we be tempted to abandon all of our principles and ethics to get what we wanted? Whether fame, fortune, beautiful women, or global recognition, what might we do to fulfill a secret desire? What might it take for a man with integrity, strong moral values, and a career focused on helping people, to step into a dark world from which he could never return?
Resuscitation, explores these questions and illustrates how one honorable man struggles with a choice between good and evil.
Two years ago, after narrowly escaping the clutches of a psychotic serial killer who held her hostage with intentions of crucifying her, San Diego homicide detective Sami Rizzo hung up her badge. Tortured by nightmares of her near death experience, Sami tries to convince herself that social work will fulfill her need to help and protect victims.But when a second serial killer surfaces—a doctor who is using his victims as guinea pigs for horrific surgical experiments—Sami abandons her goal to be a social worker for a chance to get back on the force and find this monster.
With a little fast-talking, she convinces the police chief and the mayor to reinstate her to the homicide division and begins her hunt for the killer. But as the body count grows and every lead turns out to be a dead end, Sami begins to think that this villain has outsmarted her—until one of the victims survives her ordeal. Suddenly, their cat-and-mouse game takes a sickening turn, and now Sami is the hunted one!