The Fractured: Maggie: A Blemished Novella (Blemished Series)

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After helping Area 14's most famous criminals escape, Elena has to get out before her teacher-- the formidable Margaret Murgatroyd --finds out that she is a sympathiser for the Blemished. The perfect opportunity arises as a beauty pageant promises the winner a trip to London. Will Elena cope with the cut-throat world of a beauty pageant filled with sabotage, violence and betrayal? If she makes it to London, will she find the safe haven she craves? Does she discover more than she'd expected after meeting the mysterious Jake Bloom? Margaret Murgatroyd failed in her mission to capture three Blemished escapees.

She fears the Ministry will demote her to full-time teacher and remove her Ministry rights. New Yorker Bruce Kohler, clean and sober for almost 10 months, is startled awake one rainy autumn night by a jolting phone call from his friend, Barbara. It seems her Al-Anon sponsee, Luz, came home to find her abusive boyfriend stabbed to death on the kitchen floor of her East Harlem apartment. The trio takes a ride through the twists and turns of New York City in search of the killer, with Bruce all the while fielding booty calls mixed with pleas for help from his ex-wife Laura.

Cole McBride makes a chilling discovery while investigating a mysterious disease causing the deaths of endangered mountain gorillas in war-torn central Africa. When a humanitarian aid hospital nearby diagnoses a disturbingly similar human case, the former Special Forces veterinarian knows he must figure out how to stop this outbreak from spreading—before it blows up into a global pandemic. Buried deep within its hold is one container of urgent significance for its buyer in the Persian Gulf.

And back in Washington, D. It started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them—this time in a place where danger was part of the culture and the stakes were life and death.


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One detective under pressure… An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department. The ruggedly handsome Mac McRyan, a fourth-generation cop, is faced with a complicated brazen daytime kidnapping, a media storm surrounding the case, and political scrutiny. It is a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. No time left… From the searing streets of St.

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Michael: Karl, you were a writer and editor for the St. How does writing fiction differ from newspaper writing? And in some cases they may be right. I would put it this way. Novelists are free to write about anything they want. They can write in any manner they want and can go on for as long as they want.

And they can make things up as much they want. No journalist is allowed to do that, although of course there are some who seem to keep trying. Actually, some of our finest novelists have come from the ranks of journalists. Writing in exceedingly simple, spare language.

And nothing teaches you the importance of getting things right like a dumb mistake on the front page of a newspaper. So journalism is great preparation for a literary career. You see a different aspect of life every day. Michael: Which type of writing is more challenging? Journalism or fiction?

Karl : Well, as a newsman, one day I would find myself grilling the British ambassador to the United States, the next day I would be interviewing comedian Joey Bishop in his hotel room, and the next day a homicide detective would be taking me to meet the prime suspect in the murder of an year-old girl. So you have to be able to switch gears and absorb a lot of information quickly and get it right.

But in many respects the complete freedom to write what you please as a novelist is more challenging than the rules and limits that restrict journalists. In a novel, the quality of the writing is everything. How you choose to tell a story. From which points of view and in what types of language.

And so on. What I like most about writing fiction is the opportunity to tell the truth in a way that nonfiction cannot. In a novel I can describe someone — say, a neighbor or a business executive —- more honestly than a journalist can.

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The journalist is usually dependent on what people tell him and what his eyes and ears tell him. But he has personal relationships to consider. Libel lawyers to worry about. And usually only very limited experience with the subject. Not so the novelist. All he has to do is give a person a different name and a different face and he can tell you exactly what kind of guy the person really is.

He can even presume to know what the person thinks and how he feels. So John Steinbeck, for example, was able to give us a truer, more moving picture of the impact of the Great Depression on a lot of people than any journalist was able to do. In my youth, I covered the civil rights movement, the protest march into Mississippi led by Martin Luther King, and three big-city race riots.

But Harper Lee, in To Kill a Mockingbird , captured far better than I or any newspaper or TV reporter could what that great struggle was all about back then. To label novels like these fiction seems to me to be terribly misleading. They know the techniques used in every big movie ever made but often not very much about life outside Hollywood. How many thriller films have you seen that end with a chase on an escalator?

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This is where I think many novels have it all over the typical movie or TV drama. Karl : As much as I can. In my earliest days, I once had the opportunity to chat with Jack Kennedy and Jackie.

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Both assassinations were traumatic for the entire country. And millions have wondered ever since if James Earl Ray and Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or were part of a larger conspiracy. There are countless conspiracy theories about both of those assassinations, but I was never an advocate for any of them. How could someone engineer that and get away with it?

Who might want to do that and would be in a position to do it? And I did what any journalist would do. I also found a real-life model, now dead, for my chief villain. A highly educated and trusted person in an extremely sensitive type of work for the Government who committed a crime as heinous as an assassination.

Karl : A lot of them. Hemingway, J. Parker, and so on. In fact, I never fancied myself a thriller or suspense writer. So I read it and was hooked. Both Julie and my wife Kay read novels almost every day. Michael: If you could chat over a drink or two with a literary great, past or present, who would it be? Karl : Probably Shakespeare. And secondly, I admire all your stuff, Will. You have a wonderful way with words.

But take another look at the dialogue in your plays. Hang out a little more at the local pub and listen to the folks around you. And take a look at Elmore Leonard. Thank you, Karl!