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The Most Politically Incorrect Novelist Alive?

An interview with New York Times bestselling thriller author Robert Ferrigno on his new e-book about eco-terrorists kidnapping a wealthy heiress, The Girl Who Cried Wolf.

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David Forsmark

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June 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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Before September 11, 2001, bestselling author Robert Ferrigno was known as a cooler West Coast version of Elmore Leonard. His mysteries put a modern, whacked-out L.A. spin on noir fiction, and if there was a political point of view expressed, it might have been a rough libertarianism.

But when he decided to get political, he went all out. His audacious novel Prayers for the Assassin was a dazzling dystopian mix of social/political satire and spy thriller that proposed a future America ruled by Sharia law. Suddenly Ferrigno’s patriotic and conservative convictions were on view for all to see.

The Assassin trilogy became a huge favorite with conservatives — and was decried just as soundly by the advocates of political correctness. Mark Styen’s positive reviews of the books were even used to haul him before the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Like fellow mystery writer Andrew Klavan, Ferrigno began doing overt poltical commentary as well as working within the popular culture. He wrote a series of columns for Andrew Brietbart examining the Obama White House from the point of view of Bo, the president’s dog; and his blog on his website would feature brilliant bits like this about gun control and pop culture in the wake of mass shootings: We Are Not the People We Used to Be

Ferrigno’s new thriller, The Girl Who Cried Wolf, is available as an e-book (and at $.99 for the Kindle download on Amazon, the best value I can think of). It hearkens back to the old Ferrigno darkly comic/noir, but with his new political sharp elbows fully employed. In it, a small group of eco-terrorists kidnap Remy Martin, a beautiful heiress, hoping to benefit both the Cause and their personal cause as well. You see, it takes money to live free of modern conveniences.

They are a little surprised at how calmly her billionaire father takes the news, not realizing that this just may be the most ill-conceived kidnapping since The Ransom of Red Chief. Remy’s job as an entertainment lawyer and her posh upbringing may make her seem like a soft mark, but calling her a handful would be a considerable understatement. Then there’s the fact that Remy had just begun dating an ex-cop security expert who takes his failure to have protected her very seriously indeed.

The kidnappers are surprised at how well Remy takes to being held in a wilderness paradise—but that’s just the beginning of their surprises.

I caught up with Robert Ferrigno to talk to him about the changes in his writing, including huge changes in the business of writing, and how a conservative operates in the pop culture.

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The best-known un-PC novelist, maybe -- and a great one, to be sure! -- but I like to think I'm his disturbing equal when it comes to fracturing every prog shibboleth in a full-tilt thriller.
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I just went to Amazon to order this one and the price was $2.99, not $0.99. Still a bargain!!
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Just finished Identity Man by Klaven so I'm ready for a new book. The timing is perfect. Thanks for the tip.
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I just did the same, @ $2.99, a deal.
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Gotta check his books out...
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A terrific writer, great guy and good friend. Way to go, Robert!
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Someone needs to invade Canada and liberate them. The U.K. too. Then us.
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Mr Ferrigno, please go read the last two months of Kristine Katherine Rusch's blog, Kriswrites. She covers the why-for of using CreateSpace, with listing in Baker&Taylor, and Ingram's catalogues to bookstores. Bookstores are able to order Createspace independent books printed one at a time, for shipment to their bookstore, the same as if a printing press company had printed them. I believe her husband covers how-to do this independently, while others rely on independent design shops for cover art and inside formatting.

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