Indy Perro is a novelist, an independent thinker, and a recovering academic. Indy has a degree in history, graduate degrees in religious studies, comparative literature, and education, and has spent more than a decade teaching philosophy, religious studies, writing, and literature. He lives in northern Colorado, and when he’s not at his desk, he loves to hike, run, read, and study languages.
His first book, Central City, is available now. The follow up, entitled Journeyman, is forthcoming.
What do you hope your readers take away from the Central City series?
I hope readers enjoy the story, which is, fundamentally, entertainment, but I also hope the novel is robust enough that people find something worth contemplating.
Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Central City and Journeyman are the first two novels of a series, and I’m currently working on a stand-alone novel also set in Central City. In my mind, the setting for these novels is as important as any character. I’m working to explore how we see the American city, how the city sits in our collective psyche as both a site of possibility and a site of danger, and how our perception of the city has changed over time.
What is the significance of the title Central City?
Central City, the first book in the series, introduces readers to the environment where the novels take place. I chose the simple/direct title to emphasize that introduction.
Can you give us a sneak peak into Journeyman? What is it about?
After the events of Central City, Kane Kulpa struggles to consolidate power in the underworld and Detective Vincent Bayonne investigates the death of the mayor’s son.
The mayor’s justice and Bayonne’s goals appear to coincide, but in Central City, nothing’s as simple as it seems. To keep the city from falling into chaos, Kane must acknowledge the truth about himself and Bayonne must support Kane, even as he struggles to accept the men he and Kane have become.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
On days when I find the right flow, writing energizes me. On days when I can’t find my flow for flailing, writing exhausts like I’m kissing a tailpipe.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Anything by James Sallis or James Crumley. How did these guys fail to find a wide audience? Is it the name James?
How many bookshelves are in your house?
Too many to count.
What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
New Orleans. If you have to ask, you might prefer New York. After all, they’re both new…in a way.
Would you rather have an endless summer or an endless winter?
Summer, but I’ve heard that winter is coming…
Do you prefer reading paperback or e-book?
Do you have any new series planned?
I’d love to write a western series and a series of realist fantasy, to coin a phrase, and I keep jotting down ideas for both. At the moment, however, Central City keeps me captivated.
Learn more about Central City at https://centralcitybooks.com, where Indy is always posting new short fiction and providing new information about the setting for his novels.
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Central City by Indy Perro
A noir mystery set in a fictional midwestern city. As a gang war erupts, a gangster and the detective who sent him to prison work together to stop a serial killer and bury the past.
Kane Kulpa learned which laws could be bent and which broken after a short stint in prison courtesy of Detective Vincent Bayonne. Bound by time, integrity, and the reality of life in Central City, Bayonne and Kane made peace with the past. Now, gang tension spirals from corrupt to deadly, and a series of murders stresses Kane and Bayonne’s uneasy alliance. Kane balances on a razor’s edge to protect his bar, power, life, and family, and Bayonne hustles to keep another lonely man from being strangled.
Central City is a city struggling for identity. The cops protect the rackets, and the criminals shelter the injured. Innocence is only an appearance, and rage finds a voice.