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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.
Robert Pobi, where have you been all my life? I was just turned on to Bloodman, and gobbled it up in a few days. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Alexander Dolan
Banal, cheap violence, predictable and written as if to be transformed into a movie (a bad one).Published 21 days ago by Miguel Barros
It was a good book but I liked the Manheim Rex book better.Published 28 days ago by Sally Hutchison
The book was very exciting but I had suspected the ending somewhat prior to the finish of the read. I would recommend this to another reader.Published 1 month ago by Casandra Stoner
Hasty ending.. The story, the psychology, motivations etc. didn't tie up too well. The start was good though.Published 1 month ago by Ipek Ilter
I don't usually read murder mystery books, but thought I'd give it a try. Th.e book was very fast moving, and the short chapters kept me engaged throughout. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John J Cox