Rad-Reader: How did you come up with Rico’s character?
Ed: I'm a black lawyer (now retired) and I intended to write a novel featuring a young African-American lawyer, a highly idealized version of myself, as the main character. However, Rico fought to become the chief focus of the novel and, while the struggle was difficult, I like to think we fought to a draw. By that, I mean that although Rico did edge Paul out as the main character, Paul and Evelyn are at least arguably on par with him as the driving forces in the narrative. In writing Rico's character, I wanted to create someone readers could secretly root for despite his occupation. I wanted him to be ruthlessly efficient but to have a code of his own. In short, if I've succeeded, readers will discover a killer with a conscience.
Rad-Reader: Was it your intention to have his relationship with Jean go back and forth emotionally?
Ed: I'm glad that came thro…