It’s 1991. American Police Detective, Peter Shure, is a lone-wolf with a laid back attitude. After the sudden death of his wife Lanah, five years earlier, he feels alone and helpless on the daunting streets of America.
In a desperate bid of finding hope, Peter is assigned a new partner whose loving family and easy-going nature offer him a new sense of self-worth, as well as a light at the end of a lengthy tunnel.
Will the detectives manage to solve the crimes that burden their day-to-day lives?
Is Peter destined to hold his wife again?
Who is the mysterious, Ghost Driver?
The Ghost Driver is a fast paced read that focuses on the main character Pete Shure, who is a detective. Pete lost his wife to cancer and has visions of her which keeps him clinging onto life. There are some great characters whom you will like and who have interesting dialog,
The novel tells of Pete’s cases and dips in and out of these and his personal life.
As a debut novel it is readable and interesting and once you get used to the style of writing, it turns out to be quite a story.
I think it is ‘a man’s’ read as I don’t think the story is aimed a women’s market, with the cars, detectives stories and guns and drugs I think it definitely deviates towards the male market.
The following is a Q & A with the author of The Ghost Driver.
1 Do you like Pete have a passion for comic books?
I wouldn’t say that I have a huge passion for comics but I certainly enjoy the ideas that they portray – the sense of heroism within a fictitious story. I like the thought of the world having somebody to call a ‘True Hero’. I think that, amidst a life of the ordinary, it’d be great to have someone like the Ghost Driver, who helps to make the streets a better/safer place and keeps the criminals on their toes.
My grandfather was a lover of all things ‘fiction’ and used to adore watching the typical films of his time such as king Kong. Once Superman came out in 1978 (my birth year) he would always tune in around Christmas and watch it on ‘the box’ as he liked to call it. His interest in fiction rubbed off on me. He was a truly great man and I miss him dearly. Every day.
2. The Ghost Driver has an American feel to it, why did you write it like this?
I chose to set the story in America due to it appealing to me more than most other countries. I am from the UK, so writing about a place where I live, although easier (less research needed), seemed somewhat bland. A story of fiction is meant to be about the unlikely. It’s a place where we can all let our hair down and enjoy the creation of certain things that would normally be classed as ‘impossible’ in the everyday world.
3, The images shown, such as the headstone, are they real?
The images shown in the book are there to break up the text and to add a different layer of immersion. The headstone, as referred to, was downloaded from a website (the name escapes me) which allowed users to manipulate the stone’s face and add their own text. As for the newspaper clippings those too were of a similar vein to the headstone. I suppose the desire to use these clippings came from the older Christopher Reeve Superman movies, where Lois Lain and the Daily Planet, used to report on their findings regarding the man of steel.
4, There are a lot of strong characters in The Ghost Driver, who is your favorite?
My favorite character within the story would probably have to be Gerald K. Woods. His role was loosely-based on Danny Glover’s portrayal of Roger Mertagh, in the Lethal Weapon films. He is a loving, family man who spends his days chasing down the bad guys whilst his evenings consist of a busy home full of his three favourite girls: His wife, Jasmine, his eldest daughter Suzanna and Mia, his youngest, respectively. I enjoyed making him come across as a slightly grumpy older man who remains wedged firmly in the past… you know, the kind of detective that always shoots an older gun because his mind tells him it’s superior. He’s a character that is lucky enough to be right in the firing line of all the action and his honesty and affection for those he cares about is what makes him so great.
5, Where and how did you do your research for this novel?
I spent a lot of time on the Internet doing research for the book. I had been to the states when I was fifteen years old and enjoyed it dearly. I spent many an hour looking at Google Maps in order to find out the best locations (roads, tunnels, freeways and famous bridges) for the tale. Some names were made up but I feel that the merging of fiction and reality is a welcome change to going fully towards one or the other.
Apart from that, the rest of it is bouncing around my head somewhere and I simply grab it before attempting to make sense of it all.
6. Will we be hearing about Pete again?
I’d love nothing more than to write another novel based around the Ghost Driver and the adventures of Peter Shure. Yes… I’ll admit this… there were numerous times when my emotions got the better of me. I can recall one evening when I was trying to finish off a certain part of the book and had to do it through a tear-filled blurry set of eyes. When you write a story, whether it be big or small, the characters, events and scenes with which you create stay with you long afterwards and never go away. Sometimes you feel silly when reminding yourself that your hero/heroine doesn’t exist – you really, really want them to.
I’ve spent the past six months trying to approach as many people as I can (film studios, actors, and the like) to read my work. I’m not saying that it’s the best thing since sliced bread but I hope that one day someone, who has the power to put the wheels in motion, reads the tale of The Ghost Driver and thinks it to be a strong enough story to take to the big screen. Perhaps when that happens a second novel will emerge. I do have other stories to occupy my time until that happens *fingers crossed*
7, What next for M J Corbett?
I’m currently working on my next novel titled: The Welder. It’s a tale that delves into a Death Row facility and how an inmate suffering with Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is seen in her true innocence by the cop responsible for putting her there in the first place. A new serial killer is out there and the protagonist enlists the help of The Welder – the prisoner known as Kaye Grace – to help him find this menace.
I won’t go into too much detail but, needless to say, it’s eating up plenty of my time at present.
I would like to thank Matthew for the copy of The Ghost Driver, and I hope that I have given it a fair review.