Brett Battles is the author of three novels in the Jonathan Quinn series: The Cleaner, which was nominated for a Barry Award for Best Thriller and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel, The Deceived, and Shadow of Betrayal, now available in paperback.
From his Q & A with Julia Buckley:
The plot of Shadow of Betrayal is complicated. Do you write outlines before you write books?Read: Tim Hallinan interviews Brett Battles.
I usually do a 10 to 15 page synopsis/outline, which I give to my publisher before writing each book. I then also create a lot of notes both before I begin and as I’m going along. At one point for SHADOW I actually stopped working on the draft for a couple of days, and spent that time writing bullet point lists of the story from each of the main/important characters points of view. It really helped me get everything straight for the final push to the end. I should point out that though I create that 10 to 15 page synopsis, the final story doesn’t always (as in never) stick completely to it.
Makes sense. The main character, Jonathan Quinn, is a “cleaner.” What exactly is this?
Quinn's job is simple on the surface. He’s an expert at making bodies disappear. If you work in the world of international espionage, and you’re pretty sure you’ll be having a body that needs getting rid of--that you don’t want anyone to ever find-- Quinn’s your man. And though he’s not hired to be the one who does the shooting, there are many times when he has to...[read on]
The Page 69 Test: The Cleaner.
The Page 69 Test: The Deceived.
The Page 69 Test: Shadow of Betrayal.