Peter Kittredge is middle-aged, unassuming, bisexual, and frequently — perpetually, one might say — bombed out of his mind. He also found a dead man in his own bed, and he managed to accidentally stab a CIA agent. Twenty-seven times.
Oops. So, the police have more than a few questions for our hero, and our hero has a more than a few questions of his own, which he hopes he can answer before someone kills him. Hell, answering those nagging questions might even help keep him alive. One can only hope, right? Balls Deep is full of what you’ve come to expect from Lars Emmerich: intrigue, a plot that drives like a freight train, well-developed characters, and an intelligent, irreverent style that’s unmistakably and undeniably awesome. Strap in. This is Lars Emmerich at his best, and this one will blow your doors off. —Random Guy, Critic at Large Interview with author Lars Emmerich Q - So, what makes Sam Jameson and Peter Kittredge special? A - It's a mix of things, really. When I set out to write these books, I wanted to create something that mirrored exactly the kind of books I like to read. My top picks are usually espionage and private detective novels, any of the thousands of thrillers and mysteries best sellers, and, of course, books featuring classic pulp heroes. I also like heroes with problems and villains who are frighteningly human, maybe a little too much like us. The Sam Jameson and Peter Kittredge books are a mix of these genres. The series focuses on the mystery and thriller / espionage genre overall, with a couple of themes borrowed from financial thrillers thrown in for good measure, a healthy dose of the stuff that makes political thrillers great, and a serial killer novel or two to keep things interesting. Why such a mixing of themes? Because life isn't monolithic and book genres are arbitrary. There's murder in spy novels and there's espionage in political conspiracy thrillers. Overall, the Sam Jameson series is designed to keep you turning the pages. I've done my best to make sure there's never a dull moment, and I think Sam's chutzpah and attitude makes for good entertainment. But I'm probably a little biased. And in Peter's case, his sexuality is obviously a strong part of his character, as is his distinctive personality. Q - What order should I read the books in? A - I’ve written the series so you can read the books in any order, and all the story threads will tie up nicely by the time you're finished. The Incident is a standalone story, and it occurs before the Devolution series. If you do want to read them in order, I'd suggest the following sequence: - The Incident Season 1 - The Incident Season 2 - Devolution - Meltdown - Mindscrew - Balls Deep