Mystery / Thriller

A Suicide, A Homecoming, and Terror

September 6, 2012
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Indie author David Vinjamuri

When Michael Herne’s high school girlfriend Melissa commits suicide, he makes the fateful decision to go home for her funeral.

Michael hasn’t been back to his Catskills hometown since he left it, and a college football scholarship, behind more than a dozen years ago to join the Army.

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And Michael quickly learns that his hometown has changed, as he is soon pulled into a web of mystery and corruption surrounding Melissa’s death.

There’s an abusive ex-boyfriend, a town sheriff with mixed motives — and a ruthless Russian gang at the heart of it all.

Michael will be forced to choose between two paths — the desk-working, college-educated intelligence analyst he has become, or the Tier I Army Operator he once was.

This all takes place in the thriller, “Operator,” the first in a new series by David Vinjamuri.

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The Indie Author Life

What does Michael Herne, the protagnoist of David Vinjamuri’s thriller “Operator,” drive? According to David’s Facebook fan page, it’s “a black Pontiac G8 GXP – since discontinued when GM dropped the Pontiac brand.”

Car featured in indie author David Vinjamuri's thriller Operator

Car featured in indie author David Vinjamuri’s thriller “Operator”

David also shares photos of one of the intersections described in the car chase scene in his book, plus a decrepit old building with “windows [that] mean something to you if you’ve read “Operator.”

“Operator” is David’s first novel, but he’s a veteran writer of nonfiction. His recent article on the state of book publishing has been widely praised as a clear-headed and unbiased look at the industry that is undergoing an upheaval similar to what has swamped the music, movie, and broadcasting industries.

… a profound and wrenching transformation of publishing .. is shaking the industry to its roots. The beneficiaries of the existing order – major publishers and their most successful authors have become the most visible opponents of the turmoil that these “Indie” authors have introduced.

Which is too bad, because careful examination suggests that this period of chaos will eventually yield significant rewards for both authors and consumers. It even points a way forward for traditional publishers who have faced years of declining profits.

Read the complete article here.

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2 Responses to A Suicide, A Homecoming, and Terror

  1. September 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Excellent interview. Great to hear your voice David and to learn more about the story behind Operator.

  2. September 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Sooo awesome. I luv background stories from indies like that. Interesting + inspiring like hell.

    Thanx for that !

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