Los Angeles cop John “Tidal Wave” McGrave is an unstoppable force of nature who always gets his man…even if it means laying waste to everything around him, including his own career…which is exactly what happens in his pursuit of Sebastian Richter, the ruthless leader of an international gang of violent thieves. When Richter flees to Berlin, McGrave chases after him…even though the cop doesn’t know the language, the laws, or the culture. But McGrave doesn’t care…he speaks the universal language of knee in the groin and fist in the face…and he won’t let anything get in his way.
What follows is, I hope, a wild, action-adventure novella that captures all of the fun, excitement humor, and pure escapist pleasure of the Dirty Harry, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard movies…
McGrave is an experiment for me. I set out to write something specifically for the Kindle that would take advantage of the way people read on the device…but that would also capture the pure, escapist fun of watching an action movie. I thought these were compatible goals.
With a Kindle, readers are swiping/clicking their way through a story. And because font size is adjustable, pages aren’t really relevant anymore.
A lot of people are using their Kindles to read on subways, buses, and planes. They are moving from one place to another as they are moving through a story. So I wanted to give them a story they could finish in a single journey…and to tell the story in such a way that they’d be swiping or clicking their way through it as fast as they could.
To achieve that goal, I chose an action adventure…which by nature has to move at breakneck pace…and I eliminated chapters altogether, breaking the story into scenes, adopting a style that’s closer to a screenplay than a novel(akin to the style Don Winslow adopted into his book Savages). I thought that would keep the story moving…and the reader moving through it.
You’ll have to tell me if I succeeded. McGrave comes out exclusively on the Kindle on Friday.
My take is Lee got the job done.