Setting the world on fire
A shambolic tale of rivalry and deception
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Alien Noise Corporation (2017)
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The third book of the Totenseries and the band are ready for the Malandanti world tour. Bothered by rioting fans Susan has the additional complications of an Interpol investigation and a rival guitarist from rival band There Will Be Blood. But her biggest problem may be closer to home when Rene’s behaviour becomes increasingly secretive.
“Because the only bird I know with blue hair or blue feathers is a peacock, and I’d sound a bit stupid calling meself Peacock, wouldn’t I? . . . Rob told me about blue tits, but that’s even worse.”
Having completed their comeback album Malandanti and butchered their Belarussian rivals backstage at the 2016 Gwando Awards, Toten Herzen prepare to tour the world. Taking time out between concerts Rene secretly explores the Lost Valley and the possibility of creating a permanent home there.
But rival band There Will Be Blood refuses to die and a new line-up is created fuelled by Toten Herzen’s notoriety and funded by arms dealers. Ambitious plans to sabotage the tour collide with events chronicled in Who Among Us… and The One Rule of Magic. (TotenUniverse books 3 and 4.)
When Interpol’s Bernadette Maldini extends her investigation into Malandanti crime and the murder of Frieda Schoenhofer in Rotterdam she begins to unpeel the layers of the Toten Herzen myth. She discovers Susan Bekker’s ‘Big Lie,’ the tragic truth behind the death of Lorraine Daley’s father, and a key book in Dee Vincent’s private collection.
The man behind the myth, Rob Wallet, sacked but secure on his Monaco yacht, the Agnetha, exorcises his past in the company of ghost hunters, but his past and several other surprises are about to catch up with him.
The world burns in the wake of Toten Herzen’s disastrous tour. Goblin sellers, pig hunters, Armageddon Bells and a man called Alf join a cast of thousands and one crocodile to ensure There Will Be Blood in the fifth book of the TotenUniverse.
After being sidetracked by Frieda Schoenhofer I came back to Toten Herzen and immediately felt comfort in writing about old friends. Old friends? What the fuck, these are my children! But the comfort wasn’t going to produce a comforting tale. There Will Be Blood is as catastrophic as the first novel and pulls Toten Herzen well and truly into the Malandanti conspiracy.
Following the rough edged mayhem of Who Among Us… my intention with this novel was to return to dark comedy and There Will Be Blood presented endless opportunities: Rob Wallet’s sacking and decamping to Monaco with a bunch of ghost hunters; Raven turning informer; the band rumbling from one disastrous tour date to another, whilst their rivals There Will Be Blood play catch up. All of it fuelled by a mischievous Gwando Awards challenge.
I spent so long rewriting There Will Be Blood I almost gave up on it through fatigue, but the rewards became obvious. I’ll say it myself, but every chapter of this novel is epic, making it a fitting half way point in the TotenUniverse.
From here it’s downhill all the way.