Alan Russell Shame: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780684815275

Shame: A Novel

3.64 avg rating
( 1,902 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780684815275: Shame: A Novel
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Caleb Parker, whose father had been one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, finds himself on the run when a series of corpses is found bearing the same marks that his father used. 15,000 first printing.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Author Tess Gerritsen Interviews Shame Author Alan Russell

Tess Gerritsen: The last time we talked you interviewed me for a newspaper column, but now I get to interview you.

Alan Russell: That’s right. We discussed your latest book Last to Die and explored your San Diego roots.

TG: Being a San Diego native, my first few winters in Maine weren’t easy.

AR: I think I’d hibernate.

TG: Actually, winters are my most productive time to write. And speaking of hibernation I understand you’ve emerged from it with a new book (Burning Man).

AR: Not only a new book, but the reissuing of Multiple Wounds and Shame.

TG: I missed Shame the first time around. What’s it about?

AR: My first insight into writing the book occurred when I read about Ted Bundy fathering a child while in prison. That got me to thinking about how terrible it would be to be the child of a serial murderer.

TG: So much for a normal childhood.

AR: Exactly. Given that circumstance, I figure I’d want to escape the sins of the father as soon as I could. And that’s what my protagonist does.

TG: Let me guess, he’s not able to escape his past?

AR: Even though he has tried to carve out a life outside of his father’s shadow, it’s always there. His wife and children have no idea about his past, but it still taints him. The past catches up with him when a series of murders occur with his father’s M.O. Suddenly, he’s not only outed, he’s the prime suspect.

TG: That doesn’t sound like an easy book to write.

AR: It was the book from hell. I was on deadline and for the only time in my life I was late. In order to make the book right, I had to balance the past of the father with the present of the son. I also found it necessary to have not one major protagonist, but three. I brought in a true crime author whose career path was started when she survived the father’s visit to her sorority and he spared her life. And filling out the triumvirate is a drag queen.

TG: Dare I ask if that’s something you have personal experience with?

AR: The only time I’ve been in drag was when I played the role of Mother Ginger in the West Coast Ballet Company’s performances of the Nutcracker. And no, I’m not a dancer. The only reason I was in that production is that I’m 6’ 7” and they needed a tall performer to hide all the little dancers under a huge hoop skirt. Someone recommended me for my height, and though I was terrified at the prospect of performing as a writer I couldn’t say no to such an experience.

TG: Do you have pictures?.

AR: You wouldn’t want to see them. I was not an attractive woman. My oldest son claims he still has PTSD from seeing me dressed that way.

TG: Do you still think of Shame as your book from hell?

AR: I must admit I really enjoyed rereading it. I guess enough time passed to forget the pain. It must be like women with childbirth. And speaking of childbirth, even when you were a practicing doctor and the mother of two you kept up a demanding writing regimen and still do. What’s your secret?

TG: Sheer stubbornness and an obsessive-compulsive streak. I hate missing deadlines, so I stay at my desk until it's done.

About the Author:

Alan Russell is an award-winning writer and California native whose wild imagination continues to get the best of him when it comes to his literary achievements. A proud father of three and an avid gardener, Alan blames his busy home-life for the long delay between works—though his readers agree each new book is worth the wait. Inspired by the “what if” factor, Shame is his sixth novel and explores the psychological inner-workings of a serial killer whose son is forced to live in his shadow. Drawn to the bold and daring, Alan continues to churn out new page-turners that are sure to continue to thrill his readers. To find out more about Alan Russell please check out his website: www.alanrussell.net

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781612186108: Shame

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1612186106 ISBN 13:  9781612186108
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer, 2012
Softcover

9780843955811: Shame

Leisur..., 2007
Softcover

9780684851891: Shame Signed Edition

Simon ..., 1998
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Russell, Alan
Published by Simon & Schuster (1996)
ISBN 10: 0684815273 ISBN 13: 9780684815275
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
VJ Books
(Tualatin, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1996. hardcover. Condition: New. 1996 NY: Simon & Schuster First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket. Seller Inventory # RUSSHAM11

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Alan Russell
Published by Simon & Schuster (1998)
ISBN 10: 0684815273 ISBN 13: 9780684815275
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0684815273

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.85
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Alan Russell
Published by Simon & Schuster (1998)
ISBN 10: 0684815273 ISBN 13: 9780684815275
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0684815273

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Russell, Alan
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0684815273 ISBN 13: 9780684815275
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0684815273 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Seller Inventory # XM-0684815273

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.57
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Russell, Alan
Published by Simon & Schuster (1998)
ISBN 10: 0684815273 ISBN 13: 9780684815275
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110684815273

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Alan Russell
ISBN 10: 0684815273 ISBN 13: 9780684815275
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0684815273

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 79.33
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Alan Russell
Published by Simon & Schuster (1998)
ISBN 10: 0684815273 ISBN 13: 9780684815275
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0684815273n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 101.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds