"An Eye For An Eye For An Eye" is my fourth novel and represents something a bit different from the other three in that it is a genre work. It's a police procedural thriller with dystopian and paranormal elements. However the literary values remain uppermost, in the manner of an author like China Mieville.
The novel is subversive in that it explores some of the standard tropes of genre and looks to turn them inside out. It's a police procedural, though the main character is not a policeman, and furthermore it's really about the death of procedure. The dystopia portrayed is not so far removed from the current Europe of economic crisis, just extended a bit further and explored as to the likely consequences as hinted at by the public protests in Greece, Italy and Spain. And the paranormal element? The novel explores the psychological prompts behind any such mental powers such as telepathy or farsight and conducts a tantalising inquiry into the moment of passing over into death and the nature of human mortality.
You can tell a lot about a society by its murderers... Simon Moralee has the gift of decocting the faces of killers from the last images witnessed by their victims. His clear-up rate is 100%, but such is his dystopian society's slide into predation, how much is his work making any kind of difference? The Police minders assigned to him as society's lone celebrity, have nothing to do except cultivate their resentment; for with Simon's advent, all police procedure has become redundant. But when a criminal mastermind with his own psychic talents comes hunting for Simon, a deadly game is joined.
Me discussing dead bodies in literature, genre, dystopia, origins and China Mieville
Some of the images floating around in my head during the conception of the novel. Visual prompts are always very important for me in writing, sometimes they can crystallise and idea that otherwise is proving hard to pin down.