Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


A novel by Mark M. DeRobertis

Muhsin Muhabi is a Palestinian potter, descended from a long line of potters. His business is run from the same shop owned by his ancestors since the day his forebears moved to Nazareth. The region's conflict saw the death of his oldest son, and rogue terrorists are in the process of recruiting his youngest in their plot to assassinate the Pope and Israeli prime minister.

Professor Hiram Weiss is an art historian at Nazareth’s Bethel University. He is also a Shin Bet operative on special assignment. With the help of fellow agent, Captain Benny Mathias, he plans to destroy the gang responsible for the death of his wife and only child. He puts a bomb in the ancient vase he takes on loan from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Mary Levin, the charming assistant to the director of Shin Bet, has lost a husband and most of her extended family to recurring wars and never-ending terrorism. She dedicates her life to the preservation of Israel, but to whom will she dedicate her heart? The brilliant professor from Bethel University? Or the gallant captain who now leads Kidon?

Harvey Holmes, the Sherlock of Haunted Houses, is a Hollywood TV host whose reality show just flopped. When a Lebanese restaurant owner requests his ghost-hunting services, he believes the opportunity will resurrect his career. All he has to do is exorcise the ghosts that are haunting the restaurant. It happens to be located right across the street from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Harvey Holmes in The Vase

I've focused more on Killer of Killers lately, than on my other published novel, The Vase. Maybe I tend to do that because The Vase has the blog named after it. That means whenever anyone visits the blog they automatically get a quick promo on my book The Vase. Not only the title, but a facsimile of the cover, a quick synopsis, and a rundown of the major players in the story.

My debut novel, Killer of Killers, doesn't have that luxury, so I feel I have to make a more deliberate focus on it. But there is a character in The Vase I've hardly talked about. I did once or twice, but that's next to nothing. And that character is Harvey Holmes, the ghost hunter who is known world wide as The Sherlock of Haunted Houses.

I describe him as tall, lanky, or slender, and with a pompadour that is brown, but starting to thin and gray, due to he's getting older at this point in the book. In fact I even make a reference to him being in his middle years. And one actor who is perfect right now for the role would be Jim Carrey. He's just turned fifty recently, and that means if Ron Howard were to make The Vase into a movie in the next couple of years, Jim Carrey would be just right for the part of Harvey Holmes. Just right.

Jim Carrey as Harvey Holmes

And in the book there's a part where Harvey Holmes is sheltered from adoring fans behind red ropes, so here's a photo that could be Harvey Holmes in that scene. The only difference is that here, his hair is combed back, instead of the pompadour, but that's okay, you still get the idea. I introduce visitors to the blog with the characters from The Vase, so you can get a good idea of Harvey Holmes right here in this picture.

As for the other characters? Well, I said that Naveen Andrews from Lost fame would be a good Muhsin Muhabi. But those are the only two characters I can find the "just right" actors for. The others, like Captain Mathias, Hiram Weiss, and Mary Levin, would be more of a search, like trying to find the right actress to play Susie Quinn in Killer of Killers. Well, maybe not that hard. Susie Quinn would be the most difficult, I'm sure. I've been thinking about her for five years, now, and still I haven't found the right actress for her. Time will tell.

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