Suspense / Thriller

A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old Girl

April 30, 2013
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Indie author D.V. Berkom

Dangerous obsessions abound when a former assassin and a homicide detective race the clock to find a missing girl before she’s lost forever.

After being identified as a “person of interest” in three cold case murders she didn’t commit, ex-assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier, who believes he is the target of kidnappers.

Bad Traffick
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Now, in D.V. Berkom‘s suspense thriller “Bad Traffick,” Leine has her hands full trying to protect the headstrong celebrity while at the same time fighting her desire for Detective Santiago Jensen; a game she knows she can’t win.

Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister, and confessing that her 12-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted by sex-traffickers. She’s desperate to get Mara back, and hoping that Miles will use his considerable resources to find her.

Leine discovers that Mara escaped, but is now alone on the streets of Los Angeles. The traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to the powerful client who bought her for his twisted ends.

Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.

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The Indie Author Life

It all depends on your point of view.

And that is especially true in crafting fiction. D.V. Berkom wrote in a recent blog post about the structural and creative differences between third person and first person point of view:

Writing from third person allows more freedom to tell the story because you can use other character’s POVs, but you have to work harder to enlist the reader’s sympathies. The Leine Basso books were doubly difficult because not only did I write it in third person, but the character is an ex-assassin, not someone for which readers would necessarily feel empathy. I mean, would you feel sympathy for someone who used to kill people for a living? According to readers, what I ended up doing worked, thankfully.

Read the entire blog post here.

And watch the trailer for “Bad Traffick”:

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2 Responses to A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old Girl

  1. April 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Great interview, DV! The evolution of Mara’s age is definitely interesting — I’ve gone through the same thought process myself with different books, so I love to hear other authors facing the same challenges. I think you did such an impressive job of balancing the reality and grit of the dark subject matter in BAD TRAFFICK while still creating a vastly readable, haunting thriller. Can’t wait for the next books — be they Kate Jones, Leine Basso, or light romantic comedy! ;)

    • April 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Jen! Getting the balance just right was an interesting aspect of writing the story, to say the least. As for the light romantic comedy, as long as I can put a little C-4, an assassin, and a dead body in the plot to liven things up, I’d be good to go… :-)

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