Happy Saturday lovelies! Let’s make the most of that sunshine! Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Introvert by Michael Paul Michaud and am delighted to bring you an extract…..
A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
Later that week I heard a knock on my door. It was the landlord.
“You’re three days late with your rent.”
Molly had come up by my side, only this time she was better behaved. Since our last encounter with the landlord several months ago, she’d become wearier of his presence.
“I put it in your mail slot on the first of the month.”
He rolled his eyes at me. “You think I’d be here if you’d paid?”
He coughed as he sometimes did since he was a smoker and the stench from his breath was revolting.
“I paid my rent. I saw you with my check in your hand the very day I dropped it off. Maybe you misplaced it?”
It looked like maybe he was starting to become angry because one of his eyebrows began to twitch. “Don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, then stumbled a bit and braced himself against the doorframe. Then he added, after righting himself, “You think I like coming around here like this?”
I couldn’t say whether he liked it or not, but his tone suggested he didn’t.
“There’s something wrong with my sink,” is all I said in reply.
I wasn’t trying to change the subject, but I really wasn’t worried about my rent since I knew that I’d paid it and the broken sink had just popped into my head. The pipes were old and rusted and had started to leak beneath the sink and I had to use buckets.
“What are you talkin’ about, your sink? What’s wrong with it?”
“It leaks,” I said.
“Well, what’d you do to it?”
“I didn’t do anything. I just turned it on and off and it started to leak.”
Then he got a searching look on his face. “Hey, didn’t I just fix your sink last year?”
“You did. But it was not fixed for long.”
“You being smart with me?”
“No,” I said.
He didn’t seem to know what to say next, but eventually said, “How ’bout you just give me a new check?”
I decided that it wasn’t worth the bother and went to get my checkbook. Unfortunately I’d just used my last few checks on some bills. When I told him this, he didn’t seem to believe me, and it perhaps even bolstered his belief that I was lying to him.
“What about the sink?” I asked.
He left without saying anything further, but the way he looked at me as he did, and the way he looked at Molly, gave me the greatest urge to see him red and open.
about the author
I am an American-Canadian citizen, a criminal prosecutor, and author of BILLY TABBS (& THE GLORIOUS DARROW) (bitingduckpress) and THE INTROVERT series (Black Opal Books). I have a B.A. in English from McMaster University, an Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from McMaster University, a J.D. from The University of Western Ontario (with an international exchange completed at Washington & Lee). I have won awards for both my community service and my work as a criminal prosecutor. I am a member of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers. I also strive to maintain a strong social media author presence, including at facebook.com/michaelpaulmichaud, and have made regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Canada Talks. I am an unabashed and unapologetic zealot of Twin Peaks. Literary influences are primarily Orwell, Dickens, Vonnegut, Dostoevsky.
I was inspired to write The Introvert after reading Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky) and The Stranger (Camus). It has been likened to Dexter and American Psycho meeting Office Space and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I also consider it the most unorthodox of animals rights books. Every dog lover should read them.
Where to find Michael online: Facebook ~ The Introvert Facebook Page ~ The Introvert Confounds Innocence Facebook Page ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ LinkedIn ~ Goodreads (The Introvert) ~ Goodreads (The Introvert Confounds Innocence)
Massive thanks to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour, and to Michael and the publisher for sharing an extract with us.