So, for my hopefully next novel, I have a character who is an assassin/hitman. Basically, you pay her and she’ll kill someone for you. Problem is that I’m a white, middle class, average American who has never gotten in trouble, let alone been in jail. (No, never. That’s not a boast. Just–don’t talk to those two cars I’ve annoyed these past two days. I’ve been a bad driver. :) ) So the problem that I”m having is how do I figure out how to get inside the mind of such a person enough to write about them. (She’s the main character; did I say that?)
So, I’ve been trying to do some research and I’ve been getting very little. I have gotten a few things and, because I kinda like when everything is together, I’ll explain what I have.
Supposedly, this book, HIt Man, is “a technical manual” to help with the killing. They have been sued in the past for giving someone the ability to kill a person and you can read all about it in the book. That book is free and online.
Another two books that are suppose to be good are The Anatomy of a Motive and How to Kill. i don’t think that “How to Kill” will work with what I want since it appears to deal more with case studies of past murders and attempted murders, but I have high hopes for “Anatomy of a Motive” if I can ever get it out of the library.
Lastly, I found an interview with a hitman that gave me some ideas about how to look at it. But I forgot what at the moment. :)
Interestingly, my brother, who is rather a gun nerd so I figured he would be a good person to ask, recommended some movies to watch to get the idea. Normally, I’d dismiss fiction, but since, as he explained it, there is so little out there concerning assassins and the like, it might not be a bad way to go.
So anyway, that’s what I learned about assassin and hitmen thus far.