Carolyn Arnold here, and I decided to crank the spotlight for a brief Q&A on myself and my latest international bestseller, Power Struggle. Find out more about it and my Detective Madison Knight series.
What inspired me to write the Detective Madison Knight series?
Put simply, I wanted to see a kick-ass female protagonist in law enforcement. At the time I started writing Madison, women mostly played supporting roles to male leads. Not only did I want a female out front but I wanted her to speak her mind and not be afraid of doing whatever it took to pursue justice.
What is unique about the Detective Madison Knight series?
This series has a broad cast of characters, starting with a strong female detective, a CSU team, a medical examiner, members of SWAT, the brass, and the city’s mayor. That makes for a lot of potential conflict and character growth.
What can readers expect from Power Struggle?
This is the darkest installment in the Detective Madison Knight series to date. Every reader can expect their heartrate to tick up along with their blood pressure! After all, this is a story about one Mafia hit man who’s back for revenge and one detective who’s not going down without a fight. Only one of them can survive.
What are reviewers saying about Power Struggle?
Reviewers are loving it, and the quotes below are just a few snippets!
“A thrilling page-turner featuring a well-written, captivating, and logical plot along with realistic characters…”
–NY Literary Magazine
“There is no denying this is yet another brilliant book from Carolyn…”
“I love the character Madison Knight. She is a great detective, and I think this series would make a great TV show.”
–Harps Romance Book Review
“The premise is a good one with lots of excitement, credible suspects as bodies fall, and a cold-hearted villain.”
–Linda Strong Book Reviews
“Arnold’s work is definitely on par with the top writers in crime, and this book was no different.”
What was my inspiration for writing Power Struggle?
The conflict between the Russian Mafia and Detective Madison Knight goes back to the start of the series, and I thought it was time to bring some sort of resolution to that overarching plotline. Just how it is resolved is something you’ll need to read the book to find out, though. No spoilers here!
When I went to write Power Struggle, I knew it was going to be darker than the rest of the series. With that said, I didn’t go too deep into the gory side of things; I kept it mostly psychological. And don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books in the series—this one can stand alone.
How do I conduct my research?
I have amazing contacts who work—or who have worked—in law enforcement, including police officers, detectives, members of SWAT, and people in forensics. I even have a contact who used to work as a coroner. So whenever I have a question, I reach out to them. They are so selfless with their time, and I am very grateful.
Where can readers get a copy of Power Struggle?
It is available from popular retailers in e-book, paperback, and hardcover formats.
One hit man who’s back for revenge.
One detective who’s not going down without a fight.
It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.
When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.
Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…