Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Douglas, also known as Mad Dog or Chris. I was born in Jamaica but I moved to New York City when I was 13 years old to live with my aunt (Mom’s sister), uncle, and two cousins. They adopted me after my parents died in Jamaica. I didn’t get well with my adoptive father so when I was seventeen I moved out and started to deal in drugs. That was in 1982. As the story starts in 1991, I run a very successful drug-dealing operation in Brooklyn and Queens
What is your role in the story?
I save Pablo’s life by giving him a job in my business and helping him to hide. I’m kind of Pablo’s mentor in his journey of self-discovery. I challenge him and make him do things he doesn’t want to, so that he can grow up. It’s not always easy with him.
What is your favorite hobby?
Reading spy books and listening to Marley.
What is the challenge you are trying to overcome in the story?
I’m trying to help Pablo but at the same time I also have to help myself. I wanted to leave the business long ago but I just can’t. I’m trapped inside, hiding from the world. Now I’m doing therapy to overcome that. I feel that Pablo will get trapped as well and I feel responsible for that. II must help him to get out later on, after he has saved the money he needs to restart his life. I will only achieve it if I manage to get out as well. Hopefully we will quit together.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
That Pablo weren’t so uptight!
Title: On The Run
Author: Izai Amorim
Genre: Literary Fiction
New York City, early 1990s: a young, rich, and well-educated Central American man on the run from the police and Colombian drug dealers. He is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Ready to do what it takes to survive, Pablo ironically embraces the very drug trade that threatened his life in the first place. Who is he?
What is he really capable of? The question of identity is at the heart of On The Run. More than a
contemporary story of survival, it’s a journey of self-discovery.
Pablo’s voice is funny, sometimes mean and merciless. He moves with nightmarish ease from recounting his adventures to recollecting his early life. Not always politically correct, On The Run gives you an insightful, twisted, humorous, and often disturbing view of conflicting worlds and beliefs: North and Latin America; black, brown, and white; rich and poor; rational and esoteric—and shows how they mix, match, and clash.
“Make me think, make me laugh, make my day!”
That’s why Izai Amorim reads and writes books. He has great interest in the interplay of media, information, and politics in a globalized world and the quest for identity and borders in a worldwide cultural melting pot.
Izai was born and raised in Brazil but spent most of his adult life abroad, briefly in the USA, mostly in
Germany. He was trained as an architect and worked many years in this profession. But his real passion is story telling. At some point in his life he decided to mix storytelling with architecture, changed professions, and became a branding consultant, something that he loves and has been doing to this day.
His first novel, The Games (2013), is a humorous but dark, even mean, political thriller. This mother of all conspiracies shows how information is processed to create and spread the stories needed to establish power structures not accountable to anyone.
My personal site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/
Book site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/ontherun.html
Book on NetGalley: https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/90218
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