The Age of Crime
Personal and international problems of modern times are so inter-related that sometimes it is not easy to separate them. On this premises I write crime novels evolving around contemporary moral, political, and philosophical conflicts, an individual confronts in everyday life one way or another. Messenger of Death is one of these. Inspired by biker gangs’ war in Quebec, it is a work of fiction, telling the workings of the underworld thriving on the ills of our affluent society.
Biker gangs have emerged as a new form of organized crime in the modern age. International in scale, well organized, disciplined, and adaptable to any changes in legislation and police tactics, they appear to be the most powerful structure in the history of underworld. As penetration into their close circle is mission impossible, writing a truthful story about their life is a prodigious task.
Messenger of Death is one of a very few gangsters novels inspired by actual events. It depicts terror and tragedy of the gangsters’ lives and the innocent people close to them amidst a tough and dangerous environment.
A significant part of the novel is dedicated to government politics and problems associated with adoption of laws facilitating the fight against organized crime and bikers’ gangs in particular. Due to self-imposed restrictions on democratic procedures, constitutional rights of individuals and associations, fighting the new form of organized crime was an overwhelming task.
I tried to make the story entertaining, yet it revolves around serious problems of our society. Those who like an easy read will follow the action layer of the plot, with its intricacies of criminal dealings and the political struggle surrounding organized crime. More cerebral readers will recognize many contemporary social problems, which have no easy solutions.
Coming soon: Contra-ODESSA, inspired by a true story. In 1960s KGB sent their agents to Argentina to find former SS members who kept their fortunes in Swiss banks, and extort from them under gunpoint and torture their secret account numbers. After encounters with CIA operatives and former ODESSA members, the KGB agents took the money and disappeared. They have never returned back to the Soviet Union, and have never been found by the KGB.
Alex Markman is the author of fiction books, main subject of which is adventure, romance and integrity of human mind and soul. His drive to discover new places has brought him to such locales as the vast, unspoiled wilderness of Russian Ural and Siberia to the refined urban areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco. His adventures, often dangerous, and familiarity with people from different cultures have given him abundant material for his highly entertaining stories.
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