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I remember reading about the guy in Alaska a few months ago who was caught after he kidnapped and killed a girl in one of those coffee hut drive-thru places. He then confessed to having killed several people and doing it in very methodical fashion. He would visit some place, often out of state, and leave caches of supplies and weapons. He would return a year or two later and commit the crimes, often killing people based on random chance. He said for a long time he assumed everyone had the same murderous tendencies he had but put on a different public face. Then, he realized that he really was different, that he was evil.
But I think people like him are the exception. If you sat down and had a truthful conversation even with the top echelon of Nazi war criminals starting with Hitler, I believe each would have a rationale and justification for what they are doing. None would say, in essence, “I’m an evil person.”
For this reason, I try to build a lot of that ambiguity into the ‘villains’ in my mystery thrillers. In Divine Fury, the second in the Enzo Lee series, a religious man who tries to sabotage the campaign of a gay candidate for governor believes he is saving the world from its sinful self. Then he lets himself be used as an ally of violent people not because he initiates the acts, but because he is able to facilitate them by lending his moral support with barely any effort. A twisted war veteran similarly believes that his violence is a proper response to all the injustices he has suffered and almost feels duty-bound to follow his course.
In Project Moses, the first Enzo Lee book, the corporate executive who sells technology used for bioterrorism justifies his actions by saying that if he didn’t provide this technology others would, comparing himself to arms dealers and arguing that the imperatives of Wall Street leave him little choice.
Anyone who has spent much time in a corporate work environment and seen the changing of top management probably has witnessed how malleable people can be in trying to ingratiate themselves with their superiors. Abuse at the top gets passed down the chain almost as a reflex. It reminds me of a psychological study they did where test subjects were arbitrarily placed in the roles of prisoners and guards. They had to cut short the experiment because people embraced the roles so quickly and without restraint that they were concerned about the ‘guards’ harming the ‘prisoners.’
So, although I don’t necessarily spend a lot of time psychoanalyzing every henchman with a gun in my books, I do devote some attention to the people further up the chain. For me, failing to explain how arrived at where they are and how they justify their actions is a loose end.
His past experiences – a 12-year career in investigative journalism and a Harvard Law School degree – enable him to write gripping mystery thrillers in both the legal and journalistic fields. Lowe draws his inspiration from John Grisham, Dick Francis and Lee Child and adds his own San Francisco twist. Readers will enjoy his references to the city’s landmarks such as Chinatown, North Beach and Pacific Heights and the Bay area’s foodie culture.
Divine Fury is Lowe’s second novel. His first was the best-selling Project Moses which reached the Amazon Top 20 Mysteries list and was a finalist in the Best Indie Books of 2012 competition hosted by the Kindle Book Review.
Divine Fury continues the adventures of Enzo Lee, a jaded journalist rehabilitating his career as a feature writer in San Francisco who stumbles into scandals and criminal conspiracies that require his investigative expertise to unravel.
When Lowe isn’t writing he enjoys a day at the golf course and spending time with his wife and daughters.
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Candidate Andrew Harper was a college basketball star, a crusading prosecutor and a beloved Congressman. He is also openly gay. When the San Francisco politician gets the inside track to become California’s next governor, it sends shockwaves through the political and religious establishment.
Reporter Enzo Lee is cajoled into leaving his comfortable niche covering fluffy features for the San Francisco News to cover the historic campaign. A series of campaign events are mysteriously and dangerously disrupted. A key endorsement is scuttled at the last minute. An earlier murder takes on new significance when it is linked to a Watergate-style break-in involving computer spying.
But, finding the culprits behind political sabotage and high-tech hacking take a back seat when it’s discovered that a troubled war veteran armed with guns and explosives has begun a violent journey from small-town Montana to the City by the Bay.
When Lee becomes a target himself he must dodge attempts on his own life while trying to expose the conspiracy and, with the help of police allies, foil an assassination plot.
Divine Fury is the newly released second book in the Enzo Lee series from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert B. Lowe. The series was kicked off by the best-selling Project Moses, the bioterroism thriller that made the Amazon Top 20 Mysteries list and was a finalist in the Best Indie Books of 2012 competition.
Divine Fury is a page-turning thriller with suspense, action, romance and enough twists to keep the reader guessing. It also focuses on a timely theme as the issues of same-sex marriage and gay rights become a major cultural battleground in America.