“There were five now. The mugger, the sex offender, the wife-beater, the drug-dealer. And of course, Peter. Jason hadn’t needed a gun to kill Peter.”
Jason Ennis doesn’t understand why the world is such a confusing place. Why it’s so difficult to read between the lines, so hard to understand what people want, such a struggle to fit in. Not that he isn’t trying as he works a dead-end job and chips away at a degree that’s going nowhere.
But good things come to those who wait. Sometimes, when he least expects it, he gets a chance to make a real difference. To make the world a better place. By removing someone else from it. Someone who doesn’t fit in with his standards of behaviour, someone who reminds him of how they scarred him as a child.
Scarred is not for the squeamish. A poignant debut about serial killers on the streets of Sydney, it explores the addictiveness of vengeance and the tragic mistakes made by the misguided.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Being in prison. I wrote my novel by hand while I was serving a 10-month sentence for a crime the sentencing magistrate described as "vigilante justice". There wasn't much to do in prison. There was no therapy or tertiary educaiton available, I was told I was accessed at being too low risk of re-offending to be eligible for rehabilitation. Writing my novel was not only my way of passing the time in prison, it was my escape. Creating a world where I could explore every day, someplace to take me away from the reality of life in prison.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character, Jason, is an extreme caricature of myself. The magistrate described me as a vigilante, so I decided to play on that theme. I exaggerated the violence I experienced as a child and the circumstances of my crime, and then applied that to Jason, seeing how far I could push him and how he would react to the world around him.
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