Rogue: J. David Jaggers

Kicking off a series of interviews with my fellow Rogue contributors, today it’s J. David Jaggers:

1. Who’s your Rogue?

Vincent (Vince) Doyle is a 40 something professional arsonist working for a small crime family. He has always been a loyal soldier and never asked questions, but lately he has had a bit of a mid life crisis and has been questioning his role in this world. A series of events beginning with the death of an innocent boy sets Vince on a new path that challenges everything that he knows about himself.

2. What crime would you really want to get away with?

I think that being a master art forger would be fun. Having the ability to fool the experts by reproducing a master quality work appeals to me. Plus it pays better than writing.

3. What author can’t you do without?

There are so many, but the top handful would be Elmore Leonard, George V. Higgins, and George Pelecanos.

4. What movie best captures the criminal life?

The good ones all share some thread of reality, but one of my favorites is Killing Them Softly. And of course most of Guy Ritchie’s work.

5. Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild-mannered dreamer?

To be a crime writer, you have to be both. You need to be constantly dreaming of new ideas and actively masterminding the best way to craft and produce the work. So my half-assed answer is both.

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