Even though my latest novel, “Wet Work,” has only been out for three weeks, many of my fans and friends have already read it. Some have commented that Dominick Candiotii, for a protagonist, is about as far away from Milan Jacovich as one can get. They also wonder why, after seventeen Milan novels, I’ve switched over from Mystery to Thriller.
I have NOT “switched.” I’ve expanded. As long as I can sit up straight in front of a laptop, I won’t stop writing Milan. BUT—everyone likes pizza, right? Me, too. How would you like to eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the rest of your life? After twenty-five years writing mostly Milan books, I urged to do something a bit different. “The Strange Death of Father Candy” was published in 2011 as what I planned to be a “stand-alone,” i.e. NOT the beginning of a second series.But too many people contacted me to ask when Dominick Candiotti would return—so I wrote “Wet Work” as a sequel, and had a ball doing it. I decided, with my publisher, Gray and Company, that I’d continue writing TWO series instead of one.
The two protagonists are very different. Milan Jacovich, Slovenian-American working in the present day in Greater Cleveland, is a quiet, decent guy about sixty years old, surrounded by friends, lovers, and acquaintances. He’s a gentle man until he’s pushed—and pushing a guy six foot three, two hundred thirty pounds, is NOT a good idea. Many of my readers love him as though he were a real person they could have as beer with. Dominck Candiotti, from an Italian family in Youngstown, began his on-page life in the year 1985, exacting terrible revenge for the death of his older priest-brother. He has no friends, no remaining family, he’s not a big talker,. and when forced to, he can kill without much compunction. In “Wet Work” he finds himself all over the country—and the world—and he knows MANY different ways to kill you.
Dominick Candiotti and Milan Jacovich would probably never become friends. Milan, naturally, is MY best friend, and has been since 1987—and Dominick knowns how to elbow his way into his creator’s good graces, too.
My next Milan (#18) is finished. I’m halfway through Milan #19—and the next Dominick adventure, more spy than anything else, is scratching inside my gut demanding to be let out.
For more about “Wet Work,” click on http://www.grayco.com/cleveland/books/44154/index.shtml.