Point and Shoot – Exactly How is the Second Edition Different than the First?

           I have been asked a number of times to explain the difference between the first edition and the second. The differences are major, albeit, somewhat subtle.

          In the first edition, there was a great deal of time devoted to Lock Tourmaline’s internal struggles, as well as those of his ex-wife, Lori, and current paramour, Janice (specifically, her struggles with end-stage cancer and how it impacted her relationship not just with Lock, but also with her fifteen-year old daughter, Bette). For example, I explored the Lock Tourmaline character on two levels: whether someone who was a former detective in the police department could work for criminals without becoming one of them and how a person could balance his responsibilities to his private detective work while at the same time carrying out his responsibilities to those in his personal life.

          However, there were a number of minor characters whose stories never were told in a three-dimensional way. An obvious example would be the “bad guys,” who keep trying to kill Lock. This is standard private detective fare: the bad guy who pulls a gun on the hero for no other reason than the bad guy is bad, so to speak.

          In the second edition, I tried to give all the minor characters the same opportunity for a backstory as I had the major characters. Therefore, with few exceptions, by the end of the novel we understand why people are shooting at Lock; why Cousin Bodacious’ head of security, Len LeFontant is protecting his former subordinate detectives who are now working for criminals; and why April is so dedicated to Grandfather, a man more than twice her age.

          In other words, what I tried to do was go beyond the genre itself and tell human stories within the context of an immoral act: namely, murder. Moreover, the murder mystery was resolved differently in the second edition than the first. I believe that the new resolution is more in keeping with the general tenor and arc of the story.

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