In his new novel “I Don’t Kill for Money”, author Daniel Thompson offers readers a year in the life of a tough private detective living and working in Las Vegas.
Pahrump, NV (PRWEB) August 15, 2012
Though the narrator of Thompson’s novel, Kipling Downs, is a private detective, he is quick to point out that “I Don’t Kill for Money” is not a mystery novel: it is, rather, the story of a year in the life of a private detective, with all the varied work, boredom and adventure that entails. Downs is very much an everyman character: he does some things he hates himself for, and some things he's proud of. He falls in love, makes a lot of money, and fights with his feelings every day.
One of the strengths of Thompson’s work is the powerful voice he gives to his narrator, as can be seen in this excerpt from “I Don’t Kill for Money”:
“It’s hot in Las Vegas. People who have never worked or lived in Vegas don’t know how hot it can get here. I heard a guy say, ‘It’s hot, but it’s a dry heat. That makes it bearable.’
I say, ‘My oven is a dry heat, but I don’t want to live in it.’
Don’t get me wrong. I love it here. I was born here, I was raised here, and I went to school here. I wouldn’t live anywhere else if you paid me. This is home, and I like it this way. I wish it wasn’t so damn hot, but what can you do?”
Despite his insistence that “I Don’t Kill for Money” isn’t a mystery novel, Thompson is certain that readers of the mystery genre will find much to enjoy in his book.
About the Author
Born in Akron, and having lived 30 years in Las Vegas, Daniel Thompson lives and writes in Pahrump, Nev.
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