Miles Landry is trying to put violence behind him when he takes up work as a private detective focused on humdrum adultery cases. But when a Tibetan monk hires him to find a missing person, things get weird fast.
Charged with tracking down the reincarnation of a man possessed by a demonic guardian from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Miles is plunged into a world of fortune-tellers, gangsters, and tantric rituals. The year is 1991 and a series of grisly murders has rocked New York City in the run up to a visit from the Dalai Lama.
The police attribute the killings to Chinatown gang warfare. Miles-skeptical of the supernatural-is inclined to agree. But what if the monster he's hunting is more than a myth?
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Interview with the author:
What makes this Horror/Noir novel so special?
I've always been attracted to mashups of my favorite genres. I think what makes The Wind In My Heart special is that it takes the best of both worlds from crime novels and horror thrillers and adds a dash of the supernatural with a Tibetan twist. I'd like to think it's a unique cocktail.
Tell us more about your lead character.
Miles Landry is a private detective with a short fuse and a black sense of humor. He's suffered some personal losses that have left him pretty hardened. He's a pragmatic ex-military man who views the world with a skeptical eye. But he also tries to keep an open mind when his clients have an open wallet. So it's interesting to see what happens when a group of Buddhist monks hires him to solve a supernatural mystery. His world view is bound to clash with theirs, but he may learn something along the way.
Why should readers give this book or your work a try?
So much of supernatural horror and thriller fiction is based on Judeo-Christian premises. I wanted to explore a different perspective on gods, demons, and the afterlife, and to contrast that with a very American setting. The result is a violent, urban occult thriller with the voice of a classic noir. It's a quick, entertaining read with some deep philosophical roots that have interested me for decades.