Challenging Torture through Literature

Novelist David Darracott 73C tackles a difficult subject in his literary suspense novel Internal Security.

By Michelle Valigursky

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Novelist David Darracott 73C

In polite conversation, one might not broach the subject of torture. But author David Darracott 73C tackles the subject head-on in his novel Internal Security. His book poses an important question. “What is the story of a lifetime worth to a reporter if it costs him his life?”

Writing literary suspense, Darracott combines his passions for storytelling, research, and high drama. Critics hail the novel as an “intelligent thriller” that “could be the nightmare of any thinking person.” With frightening realism Darracott puts torture under the lens of scrutiny. “Some friends ask why I chose to write a novel that includes such a distasteful topic as torture. It is so ugly and controversial, most people would rather avoid the subject altogether. Internal Security depicts the reality of the act, not some harmless comic book version. Why, indeed?” he asks. “The truth is I could probably write a second book on why it is so important to challenge this ancient and immoral practice.”

Internal Security
Darracott’s first literary suspense novel Internal Security.

At Emory, Darracott studied English and went on to become a successful screenwriter for television. Through his own communications firm he managed writing projects for Fortune 50 companies and small businesses alike. After earning his master’s degree from University of Hawaii, he also went on to receive a Hambidge Fellowship in 2009-2010. Darracott now writes fiction while teaching writing to students at Georgia Perimeter College.

The author takes reader praise in stride as he reflects on his journey to become a novelist. “I remember the day I decided to write this book,” he recalls. “I was reading a novel by a very popular writer that was a government agent-thriller type story. Within the first pages, the protagonist shoots and kills two terrorism suspects in front of the President and praises himself for being such a patriot and man of action among all the weak-willed Washington types.” Darracott set the book aside, dwelling on the prone-to-violence comic book hero of so many popular novels. His creative vision crystallized. “I thought it's time to give credit to heroes who show restraint and humanity. It's past time to reject characters and stories that revel in the notion that brutality is a sign of strength. “

Darracott’s readers agree and await the release of his second novel. “My second novel is a very different book from Internal Security. At this point, I don't have plans for a sequel, but you never know. Anything can happen when you write. Of course, I hope there is a widespread clamor for more. What writer wouldn't love that?”

Visit Darracott’s website for more information about his book signings and forthcoming books.

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Michelle Valigursky