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Robert Pobi: Bloodman is a story that has a serial killer at its core, so there are going to be some unpleasant things that have to be done. I couldn't have written the book without showing how the characters were affected by what was going on around them. I had to show what they had seen. So we both had to visit a disturbing headspace, the readers and I. The trick was to do it without making it lurid--which, in the end, made it even more jarring.
Q: Tell us about the research involved in creating such an isolated setting and complex characters.
RP: The first time I went to Montauk, I knew I'd end up writing about it. The hurricane idea grew because to this day, you still hear stories about the 1938 Long Island Express, the storm that nearly flattened the island. And I needed a place where a famous artist could live in relative obscurity, so it all came together. In hindsight, I had been collecting research for this book for a long time. Mindhunter, by Mark Olshaker and John Douglas, set the whole thing in motion. And from there I spun off into newspaper archives, interviews, news footage, and biographies. All the things I read helped me nail down my main character, Jake Cole, because they all became part of his lexicon, his day at the office. And I tried to give the hurricane, Dylan, some good chapters. He took a bit of research. The National Hurricane Center was very helpful.
Q: Which other authors or books have influenced your writing?
RP: The novel that made me realize that popular fiction could be smart was The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian. Every author has that one book that he loves; The Eiger Sanction is mine. I keep a copy of it on my desk. The only other obvious one, I guess, would be Thomas Harris's Red Dragon. It's a beautiful novel, and I'd be lying if I didn’t admit that the specter of it was behind me during all the late nights I worked on Bloodman. Seth Morgan’s novel, Homeboy, knocked me out. Morgan had a massive voice. I wish he'd written more. I heard that the first chapter of his second novel is floating around out there. Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream still mesmerize me. I don't know how he did it, I really don't. And if I don't mention The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I'll regret it.
Q: Have you considered trying your hand at other genres?
RP: I'm working on contractual obligations for different publishers right now, so my roster for the next two years is: psychological thriller, horror story, techno-thriller, detective story. I honestly can't see writing only one kind of book for the rest of my career. I wouldn't know how. Since different countries have different perceptions of Bloodman, I get to flex a lot of different muscles, and I love the freedom. There are too many things I need to try.
Special Agent Jake Cole left his abusive father behind 28 years ago. His father's health is declining, he has dementia and Jake is an only child and takes on the task of dealing... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Baltimore
Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Excellent written plot mixed with high emotion. Good read. More please!Published 8 days ago by GrammieSue
I like the way Mr. Pobi writes. I really do, his writing lets the readers to use all their senses, the writing is even tactile. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Reader 711
This was one of the best books I've read in a while. Never saw the ending coming!Published 16 days ago by J. Tucker
Had my scalp tingling from the start. Love how this story flows. I hope Pobi enjoyed creating this read as much as I enjoyed devouring it!Published 19 days ago by dad taught me this game when I was 9 or 10. Truly love it!
This novel is truly unlike anything else I've ever read. In some ways, that makes it more difficult to review, especially without littering the review with spoilers. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jackie
Very graphic, but well written and suspenseful. I honestly was surprised by the ending....didn't see it coming. Disturbing material, but engrossing! Very "Dexter" like.Published 22 days ago by David J. Ollis
If there was a six star rating I would give it that! Not only is the story creepy, and sick, the end blew me away! Excellent writing and character development. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Richard Knauf
Very unnerving book. Very well written which makes it easy to get involved, but the as the book heads toward the final third it becomes unsettling-which is a sign of how well... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Farrell