As with my post on why I wrote The Prodigal Band Trilogy, here, I need to write about why I am writing The Murder Rule, which is a “spin-off” so-to-speak of that trilogy. Hopefully, the novel will be completed either by the end of 2022 or by the middle of 2023…which, BTW, is a year where likely events that seem to be on schedule to happen play a key role in the final part (or parts, should a Part Four happen after Part Three) of The Murder Rule.
So, why am I writing The Murder Rule? The Prodigal Band Trilogy, based on the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15 parable of The Prodigal Son, deals largely with the spiritual battle of Good vs. Evil whereby ‘the prodigal band’ Sound Unltd repents of their nihilistic behaviors (‘riotous living’ according to the parable) and accepts ‘missions of God’ which leads to accepting Christ as Lord and Savior (‘returns to the father’ according to the parable). The Murder Rule is more of an expose` of the truly evil events within the music industry and the world as a whole, whereby if one tied to these evil narratives ‘leaves the reservation’ so-to-speak and begins to repent or fully does repent of their ties to evil, they just might be ‘taught a lesson’ so-to-speak: either they wind up dead or are threatened with death.
Part One, narrated by a pop culture pundit featured as narrator of The Prodigal Band, Lloyd Denholm, is highlighted by a rocker character featured in Battle of the Band named Denny Spradlin, front man of a rival band to the prodigal band, whom the media reports ‘committed suicide’ in early 1996, but was in fact murdered because he began turning against the music industry ‘narrative.’ To quote a line that opens The Prodigal Band, ‘If dead rock stars could talk,’ which was inspired by actual events as I discuss here and which was picked up by one of my fave alternative news/opinion sites, WinterWatch, here. And since Spradlin supposedly committed suicide—just as several rock stars from the 60s to the 90s supposedly committed suicide when in fact they were murdered for various reasons—is why he was chosen as the victim in Part One of The Murder Rule.
Part Two, narrated by a fan and part-time roadie of the prodigal band Sound Unltd called Bobby Jones, deals with why he later joined the trilogy’s evil new age cult called ‘The Church of the Circle of Unity’ as well as a ‘megachurch’ pastored by a man who wanted to ban his ‘employers’ from the US because of their supposed ‘devil worship.’ When Bobby left the church he committed to the new age cult, but soon regretted that decision. The result? Leaders of that cult, one of whom is featured in The Prodigal Band, tried to ‘teach Bobby a lesson,’ but failed, as Bobby survived a murder attempt (but lost his St. Bernard dog in the process). The character narrating Part Two, Bobby, was chosen not only because he ‘regretted’ partaking in an evil cult, but also because he truly accepted Christ as Savior and composed a song about Christ that would be sold to the prodigal band in Chapter Nine of The Prodigal Band.
Part Three, which I am still working on, is also narrated by Lloyd Denholm and features an important support character within the entire Prodigal Band Trilogy, prodigal band manager Joe Phillips, who is tied to a very elite and powerful family. Yet, he opposes the evil agenda of this family and refuses to take part in the evil agenda and is considered a ‘wayward son’ by these evil family members. Thus, ‘the murder rule’ could also apply to him, even though he is the son of one of the world’s most powerful individuals. Now, why would these powerful individuals seek to destroy members of their own families, or minions whom they needed to carry out their agendas but, at some point, refused to do so? Here is the proof that even sons of oligarchs or high-level oligarchy minions are not above ‘the murder rule.’ Phillips was chosen as the main character in Part Three due to his elite roots and to show that elite roots won’t necessarily prevent one from being ‘murder ruled.’
Folks, this world seems to be getting more and more consumed by evil as time goes by, and it is my ‘mission’ so-to-speak to expose this evil in fiction mirrored by the evil in the real world often clouded in mystery. Thus, a ‘mystery’ or crime novel based upon truth…with spiritual overtones, of course!