Bye-bye winter—finally. FINALLY! Here I am, two days from Memorial Day, the pool just outside my office window is open for my neighbors, pale-skinned sunbathers who’d been SURE they would be tanned by now are delicately slathering themselves with suntan oil, and kids are screaming each time they jump into the shallow end. And the Canada geese I feed every morning, even in winter, are now arriving for breakfast with their five yellow babies.
I’m NOT a sun person, per se, but I’m really jazzed that summer is so close, because my next novel, “WET WORK,” will be on the shelves in August. (My THIRTIETH book! YIKES!!!)
For you readers who love my long-running Milan Jacovich fictional private eye, I hasten to tell you it is NOT a Milan adventure, but one featuring Dominick Candiotti. Dominick was my protagonist in the 2011 thriller, “The Strange Death of Father Candy,” set in Youngstown, Ohio in the year 1985. I wrote it as a” stand-alone,” i.e. I didn’t plan a new ongoing series. Dominick was not the pleasantest guy in the world, and I figured what when I typed THE END, I’d not see him again.
How was I to know I’d get at least 100 emails and Facebook messages, a few snail-mail letters, some phone calls, and even being stopped in a supermarket or a restaurant, all with the same question: “When are you bringing Dominick back?”
So—here is “WET WORK.” It’s not set in Youngstown, but in Philadelphia. Indianapolis. Mexico. Cleveland. Muncie, Indiana. Chicago. New Orleans. Denver. Near Asheville, North Carolina. The east coast of Florida. Saigon. Costa Rica. Dominick Candiotti’s new “career” takes him to many places. Some of them are sexy. Some of them are violent. The book is written in third person, where all of Milan’s scenes are done in first person. And even though the story takes place in 1990, politics crept its way in as it hardly ever does in Milan books.
Will Dominick be back again after “WET WORK?” We’ll have to see how much all of YOU readers like him. Milan, however, is never going away. His next case, again featuring K.O. and Tobe and Carli, is already finished and will show up early in 2015. The Milan Jacovich story after that is already in progress, and I have a few more Milan/K.O. ideas in my gut, scratching to get out.
And if you’re wondering about the “WET WORK” title—it pretty much sums up what Dominick Candiotti’s career is all about.
Enjoy—and have a terrific summer!