Brooklyn District Attorney Charles "Joe" Hynes spoke before a gathering of lawyers from the Irish community at John Dearie's office Tuesday, August 7, 2007. He discussed his new novel, "Triple Homicide," released this summer, and talked about some of the reforms in the police community since the Mollen Commission of 1992.
Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes at booksigning
Photo credit: Patricia Jameson-Sammartano
We caught up with him, and asked him five questions.
WGT: Who is(are) your favorite author(s)?
A: Nelson de Mille, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, David Baldacci...and before that, William Shakespeare.
WGT: Why did you choose police corruption as a theme for your book?
A: It's a theme I'm very famiiliar with; the corruption of the '70's and 80's left me terribly shaken, and I want to raise the consciousness of young police officers to the dangers of corruption.
WGT: How does your Irish heritage experience your growth as a writer?
A: There's a lot of sadness in Irish families, and I got a lot of strength from my mother and maternal grandfather. We lived with domestic violence, and that strength got me through.
WGT: Are you working on a second book, and if so, what will be its theme?
A: Yes, it depends upon the response given to this book; the second will be about political and judicial corruption. My audience for "Triple Homicide" is cops, trial lawyers and the library community because it received a great review from the Library Journal(The link to the review is below; scroll down to see the review. Ours is in progress). We'd like to sell it to all the libraries in America, so you can take it out and read it.
WGT: If you could have written any other book, what would it have been, and why?
A: Anything by all of the authors I mentioned; they're all specgtacular storytellers, and that's an Irish trait as well.
WGT Culture Editor