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Dear Agent for a Day:
My novel Paranoid starts out in the familiar classic mode: an innocent person stumbles onto a conspiracy so huge and terrifying that he can’t go to the police without proof: they would just assume he was insane. So he has to fight a shadowy, diabolical organization — alone and on the run — while the conspirators chase him down. It sounds like any one of a dozen thrillers, from North by Northwest to Three Days of the Condor. But there’s a crucial difference: the hero of Paranoid really is crazy. Three quarters of the way through the book that becomes undeniably clear. The President of the United States has not been ‘replaced by an impostor’; the President’s son is not the only one who can rescue the country from a Devil’s bargain with the mafia. No, the President’s son is actually a paranoid schizophrenic. He also happens to be a trained killer with an intimate knowledge of the life and habits of the leader of the free world. In the other words – the perfect assassin.
For the reader, this revelation punches every expectation inside out: the hero is suddenly the villain; the sinister agents trying to bring him down are in fact the Secret Service … the good guys. And of course the final twist, revealed through a few bars of music whistled during a televised interview with the President, is that even paranoids have real enemies. And sometimes it takes a crazy guy to save the world.
The novel is complete at 92,000 words. I’ll be happy to send all or any part of it, if you’d like to take a look.
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