I thought injecting Jack Shepherd into the social and political upheavals that have tormented Thailand over the last few years might produce a good novel, so I took a shot at it. I think it worked out pretty well.
4.Is “A World of Trouble just a mystery novel, or is it also a political commentary?
I don’t do political commentary. I write novels. I tell stories. I make stuff up. But I still like for the stories I tell to have their roots in times and places that people recognize. CNN said my books read like they were “ripped from the headlines.” I thought that was a pretty nicecomplement, especially coming from CNN.
5.Would you tell us about the plot of your book and provide a little detail aboutyour hero, Jack Shepherd, and about Charlie Kitnarock?
Okay, here’s the pitch for A WORLD OF TROUBLE…Jack Shepherd was sick of Washington politics, sick of corporate law, and even a littlesick of himself. So he hit the road looking for a new start, made a couple of wrong turns, and somehow wound up in Hong Kong. Now he needs a job, and being General Chalerm Kitnarock's lawyer is a job, so he takes it.Shepherd could certainly have done a lot worse for himself. Charlie Kitnarok is theworld's ninety-eighth richest man. But he's also a former prime minister of Thailand now living in exile in Dubai. When he's not making money, he's plotting his return to political power.For Shepherd, that could be a real problem. Thailand already has a prime minister, and she's a woman with whom Shepherd once had a brief relationship. It will get particularly messy if, as Shepherd suspects, Charlie is smuggling arms to hissupporters and intends to use the Thai army to seize control of the country. CanShepherd keep his two friends from destroying each other and prevent Thailand fromsliding into chaos?Thailand is hurtling closer and closer to a bloody civil war. And as unlikely as it may sound, Jack Shepherd is probably the only person on earth who can stop it.This is the third book I have written featuring Jack Shepherd. The first was LAUNDRY MAN and the second was KILLING PLATO. The fourth Jack Shepherd is being released this fall.It’s called THE KING OF MACAU.
6.Are there any other characters in your book that need specific mention? And if so please tell us a bit about them.
I think the third major character in A WORLD OF TROUBLE is pretty interesting. She’s a Thai woman named Kathleeya Srisophon who my readers first met in KILLING PLATO. Kate wasthe Director General of the Thai National Intelligence Agency then, and she and Shepherd developed a strong connection as a result of their joint involvement with a very important American fugitive named Plato Karsarkis. In A WORLD OF TROUBLE, through a series of