Touch Sensitive by Lee Isserow is a Crime Thriller to Sink Your Teeth Into
Touch Sensitive by Lee Isserow is a fast-paced crime thriller with a unique plot and some amazing characters.
Praise for Touch Sensitive
“A thoroughly modern noir with a twist of sci-fi”
"Puzzling that a story so well crafted, unique, and polished has not been transformed into a film as yet!"
“A well crafted novel which is gripping to the last page.”
"One great, fresh PI novel!"
"Kept me absolutely riveted until the very end..."
A Message From Lee
Imagine Sam Spade, as re-told by Philip K. Dick, with a splash of Kurt Vonnegut and Margaret Atwood for good measure. That is Touch Sensitive in a nutshell, a thrilling, twisting and turning romantic suspense murder mystery with a smidgen of the scifi/supernatural.
A thoroughly modern noir with a scifi twist.
John Ballard is a PI with a condition. One in a million born with a sensitivity.
He absorbs the memories of whatever or whoever he touches.
The cops call him in to help on a case, a gruesome and inexplicably artistic murder that only someone with his gift can solve.
But absorbing the memories of the mutilated body is going to send John's life spiralling out of control, force him to cross every line, betray everyone who trusts him.
He doesn't just want to find the killer - he needs to find her - because the one thing that's clear about the woman behind the crime, is that she's a sensitive too.
And the more he learns about this mysterious woman that shares his gift, the more he's convinced he's in love with her, and will do whatever it takes to keep the police off her scent.
Touch Sensitive is a genre-bending thriller, combining noir and scifi with romantic suspense, channelling Iain Banks and Margaret Atwood by way of Dashiell Hammett and Philip K. Dick.
An Interview With John Ballard
How would you describe this book?
In all honesty? Jesus... where to begin. The bastard on the other side of the keyboard has consigned me to a life of essentially being a shit magnet, dredging through the very worst humanity has to offer.
I try to look on the bright side, y'know, often with the aid of whisky and too many cigarettes - because some stereotypes exist for a bloody reason.
Dammit, I was meant to be talking about the book... Yeah, it's great, screws my life up real good, whilst taking you on a magical mystery tour of Liverpool, and giving you a picture of the city that I'm pretty much trapped in. My own personal prison where my condition is less likely to mess my day up and freak others out in the process.
This condition you speak of?
Read the damn blurb, what am I, your nursemaid?
I'm a sensitive, y'know, I absorb memories via a sense, simple enough. Touch is my gift - ha! - gift... it's as much of a damn curse as it sounds. Can't even blow my nose without reliving the memory of the tissue. And you know what? Even that recycled handicapped cousin of a tree has a better damn life than me since this all kicked off.
Jesus, that sounds awful... why haven't you just killed yourself already?
What do you think I am, some kind of wuss? Glutton for punishment, me. Watch me gluttoning it up over here. My life ain't all grouchy spaff! I like to laugh, I'm sarcastic as your ma' on toast, and frankly, I'm fun for all the family.
Okay... tell us a joke then?
This child-molesting KKK member in blackface tailgates a mosque on Eid - -
I think I'm going to stop you right there... Interview over.
It's a great punchline. you're missing out.
I hate you so much.
You are me, idiot.
That explains so much.
Tell me about it... I have to live with you.
Just Who is John Ballard?
John is a detective with a condition, a sensitivity, he absorbs the memories of everything - and everyone - he touches. The condition has left him isolated, disconnected in an increasingly connected world...
But the events that play out in the book usher in the possibilities of reconnecting with humanity once again. And he'll do whatever it takes to feel that way.