Interview with author Rick Sulik

Author Rick Sulik joins
me today and we’re chatting about his new mystery, Death Unmasked.
Rick Sulik was
born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. After completing high school in Boardman,
Ohio, he enlisted and served four years in the United States Air Force Military
Police. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he worked three and a half
years with the Houston, Texas Police Department, twenty-two years with the
Pasadena, Texas Police Department, and ten years as a courthouse bailiff with
the Gonzales County, Texas Sheriff’s Department, before retiring in 2013.
Welcome, Rick. Please tell us about your novel, Death Unmasked.
A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston.
With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The
Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market
double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant
past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those
catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only
woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s
raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial
killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial
killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier.

Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police
work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has
in preventing history from repeating itself.
What inspired you to write this book?
These three inspiring and entrancing songs
dramatize the storyline in Death
: ‘Greensleeves,’
by Mantovani; ‘Think
of Laura
,’ sung by Christopher Cross; and ‘Mary
in the Morning
,’ sung by Al Martino, along with Oscar Wilde’s disquieting
poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Jail).”
Excerpt from Death Unmasked:
“I just want to know your feelings about
“Well, I’ll unmask it for you. I don’t fear
death. Death is a natural occurrence. We’re no strangers to death, Paula. We
lived and died before, and we’ll live and die again. Death smiles at all of us.
All a person can do, is smile back when death comes calling. Loneliness, is
what I fear…”
What exciting story are you working on next?
Death Unmasked took a lot of
thought-provoking and deep inner energy to write, and, at the moment, I do not
plan on writing another.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I found it a real challenge to be able to switch
from ‘descriptive’ police report ‘fact’ writing to ‘creative’ and colorful
story-telling ‘novel’ writing.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ever since being a big fan of The Mod Squad TV
series (1968 – 1973), I wanted to be a police officer.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Death Unmasked, is a suspenseful
mystery thriller spanning lifetimes, using reincarnation, karma, psychic
ability, remote viewing, and out-of-body experience, to out-wit an evil
incarnated entity stalking women in, Houston, Texas.

Thanks for being here today, Rick.

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