1 - What's your latest?
Raffi Yessaran: My latest novel is 2 IN THE HAT (Ballantine, April 13, 2010), the sequel to 8 IN THE BOX (Ballantine Paperback, March 23, 2010).
2 - Assuming I haven't read it, why should I?
Raffi Yessaran: Here's why you should read 2 IN THE HAT (and you might want to read 8 IN THE BOX first):
A serial killer the cops thought was long gone.
A good detective racing the clock to stop the murders.
A chilling and twisty thriller that will leave readers gasping.
A major spike in gang homicides has Boston on edge, leaving a growing body-count of bangers in its wake and the city’s police and DA’s office scrambling to catch up. Even the mayor’s Street Saviors taskforce of ex-cons, devoted to steering kids out of the thug life, are working overtime to stop the bloodshed. But who will stop the even greater threat that’s about to descend when a murderous psychopath steps out of the past?
Memories of the infamous Blood Bath Killer still loom large, especially for homicide detective Angel Alves, who helped bring down the multiple-murderer whose rampage shocked the city. So when a pair of students turn up bizarrely slain, Alves fears another serial killer is stalking Boston. A fear that becomes fact when his ex-partner, Wayne Mooney, recognizes the murders as the work of the Prom Night Killer—whose unsolved crimes have haunted Mooney for a decade. Now, with hands-on assistant DA Conrad Darget backing them, Alves and Mooney set out to stop grim history from repeating itself. But matching wits with a twisted mind is a dangerous game. Especially when there are no rules—and your allies may really be your enemies.
You should also read it because Robin Moore—author of The French Connection—says Raffi Yessayan is “the best prosecutor-turned-crime-writer to hit the streets since George V. Higgins and Scott Turow.”
3 - What can you tell us about your main character that you hadn't realized until you answered the question?
Raffi Yessaran: My main characters are Assistant District Attorney Conrad "Connie" Darget and Homicide Detective Angel Alves. Two men committed to making the streets of Boston safe. Although their jobs usually involve taking gangbangers off the street for their involvement in drug-related shootings, they now face the difficult task of trying to catch a serial killer who is terrorizing the city. In the process they learn that everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted. I learned that the more complex the motivation, the more intriguing the character.
4 - What's your favorite scene and why?
Raffi Yessaran: One of my favorite scenes is when ADA Connie Darget is trying to convince a concerned mother to let her teenage son testify against a gang member for a shooting. The mother's emotions run high as she fights with Connie to keep her son out of the investigation. She is concerned about his safety if he is seen as a snitch on the street. Ultimately, Connie convinces her that he can keep her son safe and that he can garner the support of the entire community to back her son against these thugs who are terrorizing the neighborhood. As the scene ends, Connie feels the pressure he has put on himself. Now he has to deliver on his promise.
5 - What's next?
Raffi Yessaran: My next project will be a sequel to the sequel. It will be the last installment of the trilogy. Who knows, maybe I'll even introduce another serial killer.