BENNINGTON P.I. “Take Two And Call Me In The Morgue”: Bennington #3

| May 12, 2014

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BENNINGTON P.I.

“A CURE THAT KILLS”

Former D.C. politico turned private investigator Frank Bennington is back, and this time finds himself in a race to save the life of a friend. It is a case that opens doors some feel are better left closed, particularly those representing the interests of corporations and their government cohorts earning billions of dollars off of the sick and dying.

This is the second installment of the Bennington P.I. series, and will leave readers guessing as to what is truth, and what is fiction – the hallmark of all of D.W. Ulsterman’s many best-selling novels.

“DW Ulsterman has a hit on his hands in Bennington PI” -MARLOWE

Interview excerpt with author D.W. Ulsterman:

Q: You are well known for your Mac Walker adventure series. Why the jump to the private investigator Frank Bennington character?

A: Mac is/was a great character no doubt, and I don’t think we’ve quite seen the last of him yet, but I wanted to take a character and focus on the here and now, particularly the underbelly of Washington D.C. which these days, is as seedy and backstabbing a place as one can find.

Q: So there will be more Frank Bennington stories after this one?

A: Definitely. I may complete a Mac Walker book first, as promised to readers of that series, before cranking up the Bennington file again.

Q: Bennington is almost an anti-hero. Is that what you intended?

A: In the beginning, yes. Certainly when he was first introduced in The Second Oldest Profession, he was something of a mess both personally and professionally. He’s his own worst critic though, which adds another dimension to his character. Where Mac Walker is a straight up, shoot first, question later kind of guy, Bennington has to navigate around problems instead of going right through them.

Q: Mac Walker makes a cameo in this latest Bennington story. Why?

A: That was an intended, playful little tip of the hat to Mac and his fans. The timeline worked for both men, and I liked how the scene between the two came together. I had envisioned doing something like that before starting the book.

Q: There’s a lot of death in this book. Come to think of it, there’s a lot of death in all your books.

A: Yeah, well, that’s life. There’s life, and there’s death, and the experiences in between.

Q: Your stories tend to have a lot of spirituality in them as well. I assume that is on purpose too?

A: Yes. I find humankind’s relationship to our creator to be among the most interesting aspects of everything both within, and outside of us. I wish for my stories to not only entertain, and inform, but also to inspire. I don’t try to bludgeon readers with my faith, but it is an integral part of me, and so it only makes sense that faith finds itself a part of the telling of a tale.

Q: Would you consider the character of Frank Bennington inspirational?

A: In a way, sure. He’s like a lot of us – a bit broken, trying to do good, but also very aware of his often self created downfalls. There is a complexity about him that I understand all too well. And he’s become increasingly complex over the course of the first three books, and I’m certain he will continue to do so.

Q: Why did you make Bennington a man in his 60’s?

A: The fact you had to ask that question is a big reason why. I find people become the most interesting after having accumulated a few layers of life. And perhaps there’s a bit of hoped for salvation in it for me too, when I am one day as old as Frank, which the way life is flying by now, won’t take long.

Q: You dedicated your first book, DOMINATUS, to your wife, and your second book TUMULTUS, to your mom. Women obviously seem to play a prominent role in your life.

A: Absolutely. My mother passed away shortly before TUMULTUS was published. She would have liked that story very much, and my wife, well, she’s my everything, you know? Simple as that.

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