I finally finished my latest book, “Imperfect Justice” and sent it out to three agents. I plan to send it out to a couple more tomorrow, and then wait for the responses. I find that it works better to do a few at a time rather than a mass mailing, especially if there is something wrong with the submission. Not that I expect that to be the case, but it happens.
I really tried to put my voice into this one, and I feel like it worked. It’s exciting, funny, and I hope I was able to provide enough intrigue to keep readers interested.
Given the workload of agents these days, I don’t expect to hear back for a few weeks, but we’ll see.
The book is similar to a movie from the seventies called The Star Chamber. In it, Michael Douglas played a judge who was irritated when suspects he knew were guilty got off on technicalities. He mentioned this to his mentor, Hal Holbrook. Hal told him about a secret organization that he belonged to that took care of problems like that.
Hal presided over a panel of judges that would review the evidence of the case and if they found that the defendant was guilty, they would send an assassin, to take care of business. My story is similar but told from the assassin’s point of view. Instead of a panel of judges my novel makes use of Functional MRI. The guys in the agency interrogate suspects by strapping them in the FMRI machine and asking them questions. By reading which part of the brain gets activated, they can determine whether or not the suspect is lying.
The interesting part of the story occurs when my protagonist, whose name is Dan G. Ross (get it? No, say it fast a few times.), has his twin brother Jimmy accused of a crime Dan knows he did not commit. When Jimmy is acquitted based on Dan’s testimony, Dan is forced to bring him in to the agency for questioning. Things get bad after that, but you’re going to have to read about it when the book comes out.
Wish me luck.