Monday, July 27, 2020

NBTM Murder by Munchausen: The Trilogy by M.T. Bass

Murder by Munchausen Trilogy
by M.T. Bass


GENRE:   Mystery



A Cyber Crime Thriller Series: Notorious serial killers digitally resurrected to live & hunt again in hacked replicants, pursued by detectives of the Artificial Crimes Unit.


Excerpt Two:

The Darknet Chapter 18 – A Hillside Dump

The ride to the crime scene was deathly silent. Nothing personal. That was just Jake’s usual way, an angry meditation to prep for facing down the grim reaper’s handy work. I could have let the Crown Vic chauffeur us but driving gave me something to do. It was a short trip down the Shoreway towards Battery Park. We got off at West 49th Street, near the Parkview Nite Club, a blues club Jake used to haunt in his youth until it went too upscale for his taste. The collection of official vehicles with flashing lights on Herman Avenue made GPS unnecessary.

As usual, Jake jumped out and went right for the body before the engine was even off. I tracked down the patrol unit that was first on the scene to get briefed. The guys were responding to a call from Animal Control which got a call from an elderly dog walker who noticed a growing circle of buzzards overhead and called to get a presumed carcass removed from the neighborhood before it drew coyotes which surely, she feared, would have eventually turned their hunger towards her beloved Bichon. I spotted her easily, cradling her pet in her arms among the gaggle of gawkers pooling outside the crime scene tape. Even though patrol had taken her statement, I went to speak with her. I didn’t expect to get much more from her—and I didn’t—but sometimes it’s more about “customer relations” than police work, and witnesses feel slighted if they don’t get to speak with a detective. Something Jake had no patience for…


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.

Born in Athens, Ohio, M.T. Bass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in English and Philosophy, then worked in the private sector (where they expect “results”) mainly in the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing market. During those years, Bass continued to write fiction. He is the author of eight novels: My Brother’s Keeper, Crossroads, In the Black, Somethin’ for Nothin’, Murder by Munchausen, The Darknet (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #2), The Invisible Mind (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #3) and Article 15. His writing spans various genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Black Comedy and TechnoThrillers. A Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes and pilots are featured in many of his stories. Bass currently lives on the shores of Lake Erie near Lorain, Ohio.

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Interview with M.T. Bass

1. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?

In a previous novel, In the Black, I had a complicated story that covered two generations—the Sixties during Vietnam and the Forties during World War II.  I had more characters than a Tolstoy novel and about halfway through I thought, Man, this is totally out of control. So I decided I had to lay things out in a grand outline, with characters plotted against the time line and what they would all be doing through the end of the novel.  I think I spent two or three months laying it all out and I thought, This is going to be easy now.

Well…four or five chapters on, I found out that none of the characters were doing what it said they were supposed to do in the outline.  And I tried as hard as I could, but nothing worked.  So I gave it up and let them figure it out.  And I think it worked out for the better.

So for me, starting a novel is like working without a net, because I don’t really know what is going to happen. But that’s okay. It’s entertaining that way for me, too.

2. Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Don’t listen to me. Listen to the guys who are a whole heck-of-a-lot smarter than me.

Stephen Hawking warned that artificial intelligence could one day "spell the end of the human race."

Elon Musk of Tesla and Space X says that AI is one of the most pressing threats to the survival of the human race.  He said, "With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.”

Yeah, so what happens when Siri, Alexa and Cortana become more than just voices in pods spying on our lives, and a new breed of cyberpunk hacker emerges turning synthoids into hit men? And if it’s not bad enough outsourcing murder to a robot, but what about digitally replicating serial killers?

3. Have you written any other books that are not published?

I have a finished novel called Jungleland, that I’ve sent off to my editor for proofing.  It’s a sequel to my first published book, My Brother’s Keeper. It’s fourteen years later and Hawk, the main character, is flying as a mercenary pilot in the Congo civil war. It will be released in October.

My very first book, The Twilight War, probably won’t make it into print. You know, it’s “one of those.”

4. Pen or type writer or computer?

When I started out, I bought narrow ruled yellow writing pads by the dozens and boxes of Papermate mechanical pencils and scribbled myself to death.  Now I have Scrivener on my laptop and iPad so I go direct to pixels. It took a while to get used to it and now I don’t think I can go back.

5. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Hey, thanks!


M.T. Bass will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Which character was hardest to write for?

    1. Hi Bernie --

      I think the villains are always the hardest to write, because you just can't make them all bad and evil. If there's not a touch of "humanity" in them, then people won't relate to the character.



  2. Hi Teresa --

    It's great to have T-Stuff as a stop on my blog tour.



  3. I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks so much for taking time to share.

  4. Do you think these will be available in print copies? I can't afford a Kindle and don't want to "hear" books either.

    1. Hi Jan --

      They are available in Print versions at Amazon, Nook and Kobo Books:

      Hope you enjoy them.