Pellegrin is a Bronx-raised author with an extensive background in music,
both what he calls "museum music," and rock-and-roll. In
End," he brings his love of music and good detective fiction
together through Gary Morrissey, his darkly complex protagonist.
"Fictional characters who either lead idyllic
or apparently overcome total emotional carnage
in the span of three
paragraphs have always put me
off. I want Gary to be a
true-to-life human being.
When he's cut, he bleeds--and
a hard time successfully coping with others'
of him. He takes all the negatives spoken over
and considers them gospel. In fact, even when he
complimented, he tries to find the ulterior motive..."
End" features a murder mystery, complicated by a conspiracy theory
centering on drug use. Harry is outspoken in his opposition to drug
an interesting sub-text to a novel about a musician:
quite anti-drug. I have seen too many
lives destroyed by 'recreational'
drug use. (My
protagonist) and I...both were introduced to meth
fix for sleepiness and drunkenness while on
the road with rock
bands. I was lucky and got out
of the trap, many friends
didn't. Drugs ruin brains,
stifle creativity and shorten
lives. The Baby Boomer
generation has either fostered or been the
in some of the most sweeping changes and advances
society has experienced. I often wonder how
much more might have
been--if drugs hadn't burned
out so many minds."
In a twist
geared toward enhancing the novel's believability, Harry uses actual New
York locations in his story. Some of the characters are
people as well, including Martin Seddon, a pre-production film
designer. I asked Harry how Martin reacted to the death of the
fictional Martin in the book...
"He thought it was hysterical that
been murdered. Marty is probably the most good-humored person
I've ever known...His only negative comment about LOW END was, 'Do I
really drink that much? I have a drink in my had whenever I'm
mentioned!' Martin is as good a friend to me as he was to
I asked Harry what's next for his protagonist ("Low End"
is the first book in a series).
"...Gary has an uncanny knack
for being in
the wrong place at the wrong time. His story
pick up three years after the action of "Low End."
Gary is once
again thrust under the scrutiny of
the police when he and his scuba
dive buddy find
a murder victim in the waters of Long Island
This victim is not the product of your
garden-variety crime of passion or
It's a very different spin on homicide. I
want to spoil the story, so I'll say no more..."
Gary Morrissey, guitarist and reluctant detective, happiness is going to
continue to be elusive:
"Gary can't see himself as a 'good'
Aside from his closest friends, he has scared
else off...his ex-wife told him he was useless,
unworthy, and unlovable. Because this came
from the one person in
the world he truly loved...he
bought into it...Gary will have to deal
inner darkness and it will take time..."
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