We’re thrilled to have here today Detective Al Warner, from George A Bernstein’s new suspense/thriller, The Prom Dress Killer. Al Warner is a forty-one-year-old police detective, living in Miami, Florida.
It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Detective Warner. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
I think Mr. Bernstein did an very good job of that, although I’m a little uncomfortable at people learning that someone like me, a tough guy with a lot of hard bark on him, can be a compassionate softy for those in need. I just seem to take very personally the trauma heaped on people by heartless killers – both the victims and their families.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
Well, as I said, he exposed both my compassionate side, and also that I can be a romantic, very much in love. I’d prefer the public to think of me as a hard-nosed case-closer, with no empathy for villains. They already know, from past cases, that I’m ready and able to put monsters out of their misery – permanently. They don’t need to know that I’m a softy for an old lady neighbor, a rescued golden retriever, and that I’m trying to build strong role models for young gang-bangers to get them off the streets and into productive lives.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
My gut. My ability to “smell” something is “off,” and my unrelenting drive to take killers off the streets.
That sometimes I let my strong sense of principal dictate actions that are not in my best personal interest.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Yes. Doctor Eva Guttenberg. I still have trouble accepting that such a smart, gorgeous, and sophisticated woman might love me, a street-tough guy from a poor Illinois background.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Near the end, when I was faced with an impossible choice, while in pursuit of the killer.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
The killer, of course. He was a deluded psychopath, with no real empathy for all but his last victim. I did admire, however, his care and attention to detail, to avoid capture for so many years.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Conflicted. The crimes are solved, but I’m left with a difficult personal problem for which there is no easy solution. I should be used to that, however, as I’ve “been there before,” during previous cases and with different people.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Keep the cases tough and unique. I love a challenge, but in the end, I intend to get the guy, whoever he is. Any of my detectives can solve the run-of-the-mill drug or passion-related murders.
Thank you for this interview, Detective Warner. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Yes. Mr. Bernstein is already well into my next case, and from what I’ve seen, it won’t be any easier than my first three with him.