COULD YOU BE A KILLER?

Today we welcome back multi-published author, Stacy Green. And since I’m in the chaotic stage of unpacking hundreds of boxes after moving from Houston to FL last week, I asked Stacy to come up with something intriguing that captures the tone of her newest release: ALL GOOD DEEDS. Take it away, Stacy!

StacyFall1pressCOULD YOU BE A KILLER?

This question planted the seed for my newest character Lucy Kendall, a former CPS worker turned private investigator and vigilante killer of sex offenders.

The criminal mind is a fascinating place and oftentimes a mystery for investigators. Bundy, Gacy, Lucas–the worst of the worst–are almost easy to understand. They just aren’t wired right. Add a dose of lousy nurturing, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

But what about the outliers? The people who are good by society’s standards and then one day just snap? Did they have it in them all along? Do we all possess that shadow side that lurks, waiting for something to turn us bad?

I think any one of us are capable of killing someone–or at least doing serious bodily injury–if the circumstances are right.

Some of these are pretty straightforward: someone hurting our kid, our pets, our career. People have snapped over less.

But what about something that isn’t personal? Something that doesn’t directly affect you but is a sore on society? What would make you risk your freedom, and how would you do it?

Lucy Kendall snaps when a child killer walks free. But she doesn’t lash out in a clumsy, unorganized way. She thinks things through, figuring out the best method to do her work AND keep herself out of jail. And even as she figures out the most efficient way for her to end someone’s life, she doesn’t believe she’s a killer.

Her targets are men who have destroyed kids lives and will do it again. Lucy believes with her whole heart sex offenders can’t be cured, and her actions take care of a problem the justice system and society simply can’t–or won’t.

I believe that most if not all of us possess what Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called the Shadow Side.

The shadow exists as part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts and shortcomings…These latent dispositions are present in all of us, Jung believed, although people sometimes deny this element of their own psyche and instead project it onto others. SOURCE

This theory was a major influence on developing Lucy Kendall. Although there is tragedy in her past, she is a normal member of society. But her shadow side has seeped through her veneer until it now rules her choices and ultimately, her life.

She’ll have to come to terms with being a killer, her real motives, and answer the ultimate question: now that she has fully engaged her shadow side, is she even capable of not killing?

Does her choice of victim make her exempt? If she’s caught, is she a hero or a villain?

Or does her methodology make her just as evil as the famous serial killers we have such a fascination with?

I don’t have the answers to those questions, but I do know that as I get older, I realize more and more that life is not black and white. Our systems are flawed and need changing, but whether or not there are any good alternatives remains to be seen.

I think any one of us could become a Lucy Kendall if the circumstances are right, and I will further argue that instead of moral code, it’s fear of punishment that keeps most of society in check. Score one for the penal system.

What about you, thriller readers and writers? Is life black and white? Should there be exemptions? And what would it take for you to administer Lucy Kendall Justice? Comment for a chance to win a copy of my new release, ALL GOOD DEEDS!

ALL GOOD DEEDS by Stacy GreenAllGoodDeedsEbook

Lucy Kendall lived her life in a strange mixture of carefully calculated moves and impulse decisions. Cracking the skull of the man who molested her sister and attacking her was impulse. Spending half her teenage years drinking and acting out were calculated cries for attention from her narcissistic mother followed by impulsive rages at her lack of concern.

The decade spent working in Child Protective Services before becoming a private investigator taught her two truths. One, CPS failed miserably in protecting children. Two, Lucy was more than willing to do it for them, meting out her brand of dark justice in spite of her own fear of death. But Lucy’s crusade is compromised when a self-proclaimed sociopath offers to help—and leaves her no choice but to accept it.

When eight-year old Kailey Richardson is abducted, it sets off a chain of events linked to Justin Beckett, a suspect in a life-changing case in Lucy’s past. The path she’s chosen since dealing with Beckett has been dark and terrifying—but she has no idea just how deep she will go or where the twisted road will take her.

She’s about to find out.

About the Author

Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

Thanks for being our guest today, Stacy! You raise some interesting points and questions. Readers: For more information on Stacy Green here are her links.

Website: www.stacygreen.net

Amazon Author Page

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Twitter @StacyGreen26

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About Sarah Andre

Romantic Suspense That Keeps You Up All Night! I live in sunny FL, love daydreaming, reading and chocolate. I write in the wee hours of the morning before my helpless hubby and 2 male Pomeranian pups awaken with their demands. :) My debut LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is available now.

Posted on September 16, 2014, in Guest blog, Sarah Andre and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Welcome Stacy! There is no question in my mind that I would protect my husband and/or dogs if I had a weapon and the opportunity arose to use it. As furious as I get reading about pedophiles and mass murdering terrorists I find I react more with outraged helplessness…not a murder plan.

    I do, however, think serial rapists should be castrated. Just sayin’.
    Great question of the day and I love your blog title!

  2. Hi Stacy! Like Sarah said, I would do anything to protect my family and myself. But I don’t think I could carry that out past my own family. I am too easily scared and would probably run in the opposite direction. Not very brave of me, but honest.
    Then again, no one really knows what they would do if confronted with terror like that. I’d like to think I could be brave, but hopefully I’ll never have to find out.

    Can’t wait to read your new release! 🙂

  3. Wow, what a fascinating concept, Stacy! I definitely live in the gray areas. 🙂

  4. Sarah,
    Thanks so much for having me back! I agree, I think most of us would protect ours without really thinking about it, but Lucy definitely takes it a step further. One of the things I want to explore with her is the idea that she herself is a sociopath, so stay tuned!

    Sharon,
    I don’t think I could either. I think the majority of us have that inner voice that stops us from making terrible decisions, but it’s the small percentage of those who don’t have the voice that I find fascinating, lol. Thanks so much for having me!

  5. Welcome back, Stacy! I really like the concept of a “gray” zone- because it’s real. I always think of a situation like WWII where not fighting back ( in the beginning) led to disaster. If there were a true threat to the safety of a group who couldn’t defend themselves- I’d be tempted.

  6. I have to insert here that Gwen has a black belt in martial arts, and she’s the calmest of the 9 of us. If I had a black belt in martial arts I’d be kicking a** and taking names! And I mean for everything annoying. Woe to the little old lady going through the ’10 items or less’ lane in front of me with a loaded cart…
    😉

  7. This book sounds fabulous, Stacy. Thank you Sarah for brining her to us, despite your crazy moving schedule. I love books that explore the two sides we each have. It will definitely be on my TBR pile!

  8. Thanks for being here today, Stacy! Best of luck on book sales, it’s a terrific premise.

  9. This book sounds Amazing, Stacy!!!

  10. Very interesting concept, shades of Dexter, was this hard to write? Is this a complete story or one of more to come? I find it fascinating how we are drawn to darkness. At least in books. Differentially going to put this on my reading list.

    • Hi Mary! Thanks so much for your comment. Yes, this was very hard to write. It’s a delicate subject, and you don’t want to offend survivors in any way. And getting into Lucy’s mind, however much I love her, is exhausting. Thank you so much for reading (whenever you have the time). I hope you enjoy it!

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