First line of the synopsis: this is a story about duty, revenge, murder, and horror. I’m in, and I’ll have a little chat with Robert, too.
The book is What Lies Within by Robert Smith, a Crime Thriller.
“There are four kinds of Homicide:
felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.”
This is a story about duty, revenge, murder, and horror.
The system failed Tyler McDermitt. He and his brother have vowed to protect unfortunate youth from a similar fate – or at least make those responsible, pay. The McDermitt brothers, victims of child abuse and molestation, escaped their hell and have decided to clean up after the failings of a flawed justice system.
The rough streets of Dorchester, south Boston, have hardened two aspiring vigilantes and prepared them for a mission. One brother has a good heart, a conscience, and a burning
compassion. His twisted sense of morality has burdened him with a deep sense of responsibility. The other brother is as hard as nails and as cold as ice. He is hell-bent on revenge and aims to ensure the other stays the course.
A motivated young detective is on their scent; she and her veteran partner look to foil McDermitt brothers’ plan.
Something from the boys’ past – something dark – is also closing in.
The Author, Robert Smith (A.K.A. TyCobbsTeeth), hails from Prince Edward Island (off Canada’s east coast).
On this small island, ocean waves drive hard against red cliffs. So, with fears that the sandstone island might soon melt into the Atlantic, Robert finished his studies in Information Technology and moved to Canada’s capital.
Robert has worked in network design, administration and security. He recently transitioned from a job managing a digital forensics team (supporting investigations) to Enterprise Architecture. That’s his day job. At night, he writes.
This author writes thrillers (psychological, suspense, crime and horror). Pick one up if you like that sort of thing. In the meantime, read the interview, will yah?
What inspired you to write this book?
The story of Tyler McDermitt and his brother came to me while nodding off a few years back. The first part of that story played itself out in my mind as I began to drift off to sleep. I had to keep getting up and jotting more notes. The title (What Lies Within) is intuitive once you know the story.
Many stories come to me just before I fall asleep. The hypnagogia fairies take pleasure in robbing me of a good night’s rest.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Foremost on my list of action items is to finish the follow-up to What Lies Within. I see this story playing out in three parts. The next novel will be ready for beta later this summer. Then, the third and final installment. Once I complete this trilogy, I would like to wrap up Society for Supper. Once those story lines are wrapped up, I have several other projects planned. Which one comes first will depend on what happens between now and then. I have new stories hatching all the time. I jot them down in my list of projects, which is beginning to get long.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in What Lies Within?
Tyler McDermitt is the protagonist in What Lies Within. He and his brother lost their parents when they were very young. The system moved them around from foster home to foster home until a couple took them in. The boys spent eight years with that couple—the worst eight years one could imagine. These two brothers, victims of child abuse and molestation, finally escaped their hell. They pledge to clean up after the failings the flawed system.
The rough streets of Dorchester, south Boston, hardened the two aspiring vigilantes and prepared them for their mission. One brother (Tyler) has a good heart, a conscience, and a burning compassion. His twisted sense of morality has burdened him with a deep sense of responsibility. The other brother is as hard as nails and as cold as ice. He is hell-bent on revenge and aims to ensure Tyler stays the course.
Besides pursuit from police, there is something from the boys’ past closing in.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I truly enjoy being swept up in a story, lost to reality and engrossed. Just like reading, it’s a way to escape to a new world or a different reality temporarily. The difference is, when writing, you can steer the direction, influence and manipulate the characters and story.
With What Lies Within, Tyler tells most of the story in the first person. That allowed me to put myself in his shoes and really feel the character.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favorite part is that, once you think you know what’s going on, your forced to question your interpretation. As the story and the series goes on, you will continue to flip-flop on how you read things. I wanted to keep the reader guessing. I believe I am still trying to determine the right time to reveal things, and how much to reveal (in book two). And once the questions of Book 1 are answered, there are more twists to come.
I really enjoy a good twist—a surprise—and I believe I’ve been able to weave some surprises into this story.
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