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Dr. Lauren Crawford is a brilliant research scientist who discovers a revolutionary treatment for cancer that not only extends life, but much improves the quality of life for terminal cancer patients. The treatment, in some instances, can even cure certain cancers. On the evening before Dr. Crawford holds a press conference to announce that the FDA has given preliminary approval of her new cancer treatment, somebody follows her to her car and puts three bullets in her head. Was it a planned murder with a motive, a mugging gone badly, or merely a random act of violence?
Two New York City homicide detectives, Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, are assigned to the investigation. The detectives evaluate the circumstances surrounding Dr. Crawford's death, and follow a trail of clues that exposes a sequence of startling facts. One by one, the detectives carefully examine each suspect and piece together a puzzle with unimaginable implications. As the investigation gets more intense, and the detectives get closer to solving the murder mystery, someone threatens Dupree's life. The detectives now realize that Dr. Crawford's murder was much more than a homicide. And if they don't arrest the murderer soon, Dupree might be the next victim.
Hypocrisy by D.M. Annechino is a fast-paced, top notch mystery/thriller. The concept of the story is so rich with possibilities, I couldn’t wait to see where the author took the story. The characters are strongly developed and I felt I could easily relate with Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, the two detectives in the case. They’re both struggling with serious inner demons, but still work each day to try to stop the bad guys from winning.
I liked the medical aspects to the story as well as the trip into forensics and the work involved in investigating a murder. Once I started reading the story, it was one I didn’t want to put down. Maybe it has to do with my interest in criminal justice, plus the fact that the story is entertaining and flows well. I just really enjoyed Hypocrisy by D.M. Annechino, and I definitely want to read his other books! He has a gift for writing a mystery that builds upon itself throughout the book…a slow, simmering thrill-ride.
What made you write a book about cancer research?
After writing two serial killer novels and a political thriller, I thought I’d explore the controversial world of cancer research. As I dug deeper into the many faceted issues associated with cancer detection, treatment, and cures, I found myself fascinated with the possibility of what might happen if a research scientist discovered a revolutionary treatment for cancer that would change the entire landscape of healthcare as we know it today. Hypocrisy delves into this possibility and poses some thought provoking questions.
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Watch the news on TV, read a newspaper, surf the Internet—plot ideas are everywhere. What drives
fiction, what inspires me to write, are the characters. When you’re competing with God, that’s a tall order.
Even the most sophisticated plot with twists and turns and surprises, will suffer without interesting,
three dimensional characters. To make a character unique, you, as a writer, must find ways to distinguish them by their behaviors, appearance, actions, and value system. It’s a tall order, but if you can create a character that lives outside the confines of convention, you’ve really accomplished something. This, to me, is a writer’s biggest challenge.
What advice would you give budding writers?
I think one of the most important lessons I learned is that rarely does a writer become an overnight
success. It’s a long hard road. If you’re writing for fame and fortune, you might want to rethink your
career path. Remember: Everyone is a critic. So you really need to have thick skin. The best advice I can offer any aspiring author is to accept the reality that rejection is the prerequisite to success. Even some of the most successful writers in history endured years of rejection long before they were recognized for their craft.
Your book is set in New York City. Have you ever been there?
I was born and raised in Upstate New York and lived there for over 40 years. Because New York City is
only an eight hour drive from my hometown, I made frequent trips there. It is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, rich with culture, great food, and unsurpassed entertainment. Setting this book in NYC allowed me to take the reader on a journey that hopefully gave them a real taste for the culture and way of life in The Big Apple.
What genre do you write and why?
All of my books fall under the thriller/mystery genre. I’ve experimented with other genres, but this one seems to come more naturally to me. They Never Die Quietly and Resuscitation are hard-boiled serial killer books. I Do Solemnly Swear is a political thriller, and Hypocrisy is a medical thriller. I’m currently working on, A Piece of You, another serial killer novel. I like to mix it up and not be pigeonholed into one specific subcategory.
What is your writing schedule?
I try to write every day, but the creative juices are unpredictable. There are times when I can’t put two meaningful sentences together. And other times when the ideas just pour out of my head and my fingers can hardly keep up with my brain. A writer must make hay when the sun shines. When it’s working for me, I write until my eyes cross. But when my creative thoughts just aren’t there, I just walk away.
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