In many mystery novels, the private investigator is already deep into their career. But in the books that comprise his Pete Fernandez Mystery Series — Bad Beat (which was co-written by Rob Hart), Silent City, Down The Darkest Street, Dangerous Ends, Shallow Grave (which was co-written by Dave White), and the new Blackout (paperback, Kindle) — writer Alex Segura presents a P.I. who’s still learning the ropes. Though in the following email interview Segura explains that while Fernandez may be relatively new to the P.I. game, he still has a past that can haunt him.
While noir crime novels are a distinctly American art form, it’s one that’s practiced by writers all over the world. Sweden gave us Henning Mankell (Faceless Killers), Matz (The Killer Omnibus Volume 1) hails from France, while Japan’s Hideo Yokoyama recently made an impressive first impression with Six Four. But writer Michael Pronko is a little different. While the writer of The Last Train (paperback, digital) was born in Kansan City, he’s lived in Tokyo for the last twenty years, working as both a writer and a professor of American Literature at Meiji Gakuin University. All of which informed his own take on the noir crime novel.