Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Book and a Chat with Heywood Gould

Like a who’s who of thrilling films and books, the list of those created by Heywood Gould my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” include many whose names are known by all. “Boys from Brazil”, “Fort Apache, The Bronx", "Cocktail", “Double Bang” and "Rolling Thunder”. His last thriller last novel, "Leading Lady," was a finalist for the 2008 Dashiell Hammett and Foreword Magazine awards for literary excellence in crime writing and a bronze medal winner for the Independent Book Publisher's Award.

So it was with great pleasure that I was able to chat with such a great writer on today’s show.

He still relates some of his anger that helps fire his writing to something that happened when he was fourteen… as he out it…

When I was fourteen I was fired for stealing money from a legal service where I worked as a messenger. I knew the culprit was the dispatcher, an eighteen year old zit picking degenerate horse player. He looked me right in the eye in front of the bosses and lied. I went home in tears. Everything I had been told by my mother and my teachers was wrong: the world was unfair and unjust. People could not be trusted. You could never know what someone was really thinking. The helpless indignation of outraged innocence has haunted me ever since.

Then there is his latest novel “The Serial Killer’s Daughter” which has perhaps taken him down a darker road than in many of his other writings, only to produce what surely is another smah hit.

About The Serial Killer’s Daughter

The master of the pulse-pounding literary thriller is back. Heywood Gould, award-winning screenwriter and novelist, author of bestselling novels/screenplays COCKTAIL and FORT APACHE, THE BRONX, returns with his biggest tour-de-force yet-THE SERIAL KILLER'S DAUGHTER. This one is a supercharged road trip that takes our two protagonists on a dark thrill ride to some very dangerous places. Someone is stalking college student, Hannah Seeley. Somebody would very much like to see her dead. Why? No good reason other than Hannah is the daughter of Arnold Seeley, a.k.a., the Robbinsgate Killer, convicted for 11 murders and now sitting on California's Death Row. The list of suspects who might want to kill Hannah is long.

The motive is less clear. Panicked, she uses her seductive charms to enlist the help of her classmate, Peter Vogel. Soon, Peter finds himself neck-deep in trouble. He's in lust with Hannah, which can only be problematic. By getting involved with Hannah, he has set himself up as a target of her pursuers. After a close encounter, they have no choice but to hit the road in Hannah's little VW Bug. The chase is on. Hannah and Peter find themselves on the run from their pursuers while trying to discover the identities of those who want to kill them.

It's a cross-country thrill ride, a cat-and-mouse chase involving murder, deception, and sheer survival. You won't want to miss it.

Chatting about his previous work it was interesting to hear from Heywood that “Fort Apache, The Bronx” was actually a film first and a book later as he wanted to develop the plot used in the film. We also learned that amongst several other projects underway there is a novel about thriller about a poetry-writing, pot-smoking detective in Santa Monica and a musical version of “Cocktail”…

One thing is for sure, Heywood Gould has certainly come a long way since his first book about Sir Christopher Wren.

So listen to an interesting and hugely entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing "A Book and a Chat with Heywood Gould "


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