As a real life criminologist with an expertise on the most infamous serial killers that the world has known and feared over the centuries, I was able to use this knowledge to create a fictional serial killer for this crime thriller.
Unlike most thriller writers who write about serial killers with little more than imagination and television serial killers, such as on Criminal Minds, Dexter, and Hannibal, to work with, I bring a high degree of verisimilitude to my serial killer.
As such, readers get some insight into many of the character traits often found in real serial killers, making the novel that much more realistic in its scariness and impact. For example, the majority of serial killers have a sexual motivation to their killings, whether they sexually assault their victims or not. This theme is portrayed cleverly in BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN.
Real serial killers are also pretty cunning and not so easily apprehended, which is why they are able to kill more than one person and keep it going for a while.
In my novel, this very quality frustrates and motivates the law enforcement trying to catch the killer.
My protagonist, FBI Special Agent Veronica Vasquez is pretty much a female version of myself in that she relies on her knowledge of the deviant mind of a serial killer to assist the police in profiling and tracking down the killer, who seems two steps ahead at every turn. But she is dedicated to the task, determined to bring him down at all costs.
The story takes place in Portland, Oregon. It is nicknamed, “The Rose City.” As a former resident of Portland, I use this in dubbing the serial killer, “The Rose Killer,” which has a double meaning as he leaves a rose on the bodies of his victims.
Readers who live in or have visited Portland will recognize some of the landmark s or other things related to Portland that I sprinkle throughout the novel.
BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN was a fascinating story to write and I suspect that readers will be just as riveted from beginning to end.
R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of more than sixty books–including thriller and suspense fiction, relationship fiction, young adult mysteries, true crime, and criminology titles.
Bestselling mystery and thriller fiction, including SEDUCED TO KILL IN KAUAI, MURDER IN MAUI, MURDER IN HONOLULU, KILLER IN THE WOODS, DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL, STATE’S EVIDENCE, PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE, and JUSTICE SERVED.
Flowers has also written a number of bestselling true crime books, including THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, THE PICKAXE KILLERS, SERIAL KILLER COUPLES and MASS MURDER IN THE SKY. He was editor as well of the bestselling anthology, MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME.
The author has been interviewed on the Biography Channel and Investigation Discovery.
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