The China Dogs
 By Sam Master


             
Title: The China Dogs

Author: Sam Master

Genre: Thriller

Publish Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins



 ~ Synopsis ~
Man’s best friend is about to become America’s worst enemy...
When a sudden rash of deadly canine attacks hits the greater Miami area, Lieutenant “Ghost” Walton, Special Ops, takes little notice. Blame it on the heat, a rare disease, or the fact that people just don’t know how to take care of their pets.
But when the body count rises, and the perimeter of blood and carnage spreads wider and wider, into the farthest reaches of Miami-Dade county, Ghost has no choice but to pay attention. Doggedly, he tries to uncover the link between these lethal incidents, but he doesn’t count on falling for a sassy out-of-towner with a dark past, nor does he expect to stumble onto a plot that threatens national security.

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Getting in the Mood ~

I don’t like killing people in the daytime.
I just don’t have the feel for it.
When the sun is out and the garden is alive with birds and rabbits and squirrels and pheasants, I just don’t have a fleck of evil in me.
But in the middle of the night, when my study window is blackened with the thickest of my childhood fears, when the rest of the family is fast asleep and totally unconnected to me, when the stairs creek and the wind howls at the gables and there’s a noise in the attic that I just can’t place, then I am ready to pick up a knife and look down its blade and begin to imagine all manner of things. 
            I’m sure many writers can conjure up whatever scene they want at whatever time of day they want it. But I can’t.
I can only write good stuff by day and bad stuff by night. 
As a former journalist, I am a big believer in ‘visiting the scene’ and to me ‘the night’ is the scene of most violent crimes, so I have to take my imagination there to get it into the mood.  I have to walk it through the graveyard with only a sliver of moonlight in the crumbling old tombstones. I have to leave it stranded in the broken down car out in the middle of nowhere with no houses and lights but a storm growing that is already shaking the windows.

My favourite time of writing the bad stuff is between 2am and 4am. It’s what I call the real ‘dead of night’.  There are so many advantages to settling down to shape a story at this time that they are almost too numerous to mention.  For a start, your can be pretty damned sure no one else is going to disturb you (if they do, then you’re in for a delicious shock!).  If you have got up at 2am, then you sure as hell are not going to waste these precious minutes surfing the web or looking for distractions, you get straight down to work and graft hard.  Most of all though, you can experience feelings of isolation or vulnerability that are just not possible when the day is bright, the streets are busy and the traffic loud.  Open your back door and sit outside for twenty minutes in the pitch-blackness. Pretend to be your victim.  Imagine yourself as the attacker.  Soak up the fear and then put your fingers to the keyboard and download the darkness to your page.




~ About the Author ~ 
SAM MASTERS is a pseudonym for an author who has written seven books, including a bestseller that has sold in more than 30 countries. This is his first novel for Witness.



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