Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won’t touch stranger abduction cases. He’s still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home.
Until, that is, six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears from her parents’ hotel room in Paris, and the French police deliver Simon an ultimatum: he can spend years in a French jail, or he can take the case and recover the missing girl. Simon sets out in pursuit of Lindsay and the truth behind her disappearance. But Lindsay’s captors did not leave an easy trail, and following it will take Simon across the continent, through the ritziest nightclubs and the seediest back alleys, into a terrifying world of international intrigue and dark corners of his past he’d rather leave well alone.
Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.
The idea for ‘Good as Gone’ actually started with a one-page article I read online, about this private investigator from Tampa who retrieves children who’ve been kidnapped by their estranged parents and brought overseas to countries that don’t recognize U.S. custody decisions. I thought, wow, this guy would make a terrific and complex hero for a novel.
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
Writing this novel was difficult at times. By the end of the day I usually found myself mentally and emotionally drained, which was an entirely new experience for me while writing. I started this book around the time my son Jack was turning two and already developing this wonderful, unique personality. In the morning I’d try to imagine what it would be like if he was suddenly taken from me, and I used those emotions to bring the character of Simon Fisk alive. It took a lot out of me, but I think the depth of those feelings shows on the page. At least I hope they do.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Second-guessing myself on bold decisions I made the day before. Ultimately, I tend to stick with those decisions, but I can spend days frozen, wondering whether I should just play it safe.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
‘Good as Gone’ is the first book in a new series. The second Simon Fisk novel ‘Payoff’ will be released next year. I hope to be writing these novels for a long time to come.
Q. What are you currently reading?
I just finished reading ‘Invisible’ by Paul Auster. And I started ‘Tell No Lies’ by Gregg Hurwitz.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
My third child (my second daughter) was born this past May, and my son Jack starts pre-school in September. Book-wise I’ll be going on tour next month, starting with a launch party in New York City, then visiting New Jersey, Tampa, Austin, Houston, and Los Angeles. My schedule can be found on the Events page of my website.
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!
My birthday is December 14th, but when I was in college I told everyone that it was December 8th (same as Jim Morrison’s), because by the 14th we’d be well into final exams and there would be no time to celebrate.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love feedback, especially if you’ve the enjoyed the novel. I can be contacted through my website, and I’m also active on Facebook and Twitter.