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The Interrogator's Notebook

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Norman Kross is a career interrogator who has worked covertly in some of the most dangerous places in the world. He returns to his LA home, contemplating retirement and coming to terms with his past. He may be a master at unlocking others’ secrets, but he is blind to the truth of his relationship with his wife, sons, father, and friends. Floundering as a teacher, Norman ag ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published February 20th 2013 by Story Merchant Books (first published February 10th 2013)
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Norman Kross has returned home to Los Angeles following a lengthy career as a professional interrogator. Content to work on his memoirs and mold the minds of future interrogators, Kross begins to consider retirement. Approached to interrogate a veteran character actor who is believed to be behind the murder of an acclaimed director’s socialite daughter, Kross soon learns that this may prove to be his most challenging interrogation yet. Can Kross uncover the truth?

Full disclosure: I was approache
The poet in the novelist's cloak

There is much praise being heaped upon this new novel by Martin Ott and rightly so. He is a young man of considerable talent and it is satisfying that he refuses to leave his already well established reputation as a poet to enter the financially more lucrative realm of writing fiction. He writes fiction well - a story that is a psychological thriller imbued with the synaptic connections that only someone with the lived background of a former U.S. Army interrogator
John Buckley
Martin Ott's complex protagonist Norman Kross holds the mirror up to all those who combine raw talent, earned skills, and significant personality flaws. Along the way to learning deeper truths about himself, Kross must first best an enemy with a sinister mastery of misdirection and perception, an enemy that threatens what Kross holds most dear. I read this book in one sitting, for good reason.
Alain Burrese
“The Interrogator's Notebook” by Martin Ott was an intriguing read, and not like my favorite types of novels that are filled with special op type and martial art action. This book didn't have the action I'm used to, but it certainly had the suspense and intrigue that kept me wanting to read more and learn how the story would play out.

I found Norman Kross, the career interrogator, to be a complex and interesting character with his past and present mixed to form a man who didn't really know what h
Gigi Frost
Norman Kross, a retired interrogator, finds himself teaching a class within his field expertise, perhaps feeling a bit bereft of his own path in life. In civilian life, he is going through the motions of a pseudo-proletarian existence. The aphorism "those who can't do, teach", rings with the banality of truth.

His family life is at odds with the successes of his professional life, and he is plagued with certain doubts.

"His bombshell Russian wife, her volatile violinist father, and his two headstr
This is definitely one of those books that suck you in as soon as you start reading it. It is a smart thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.

Norman, the protagonist, is a flawed character. Now, this might feel like a cliché, the jaded detective, but it really doesn’t feel like it at all as you read. The author does such a nice job of shaping him into a fully-dimensional character that he is able to avoid Norman being forgotten amidst all the similar characters in this genre.

This book i
Yawatta Hosby
***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

I loved this 12 chapter book; I thought it was awesome how each chapter started with a part of Norman’s memoir, which was called “The Interrogator’s Notebook.” I had an instant like to him since he was a writer and had led an interesting life, keeping secrets from his family. My favorite lines: 1) My first nightmares were not of bogeyman or sharp-fanged monsters but of leather shoes shuffling down the corridor, the terror of what might sp
Superstition Review
The Interrogator’s Notebook by Marin Ott delves into the world of Norman Kross; an interrogator whose final job brings him to the front door of an alleged murderer with has a knack for bringing his victims back to life.

Ott’s psycho-thriller-murder-mystery reminds the reader just how crazy the world can be, and that a person should never be judged based on their looks, since physical traits can be easily changed. And Norman’s struggle between whether or not to tell his wife and kids about George
Nadine Maritz
The Interrogator’s Notebook-the title in itself drew me from the letter T. As many people, I too am just human and fickle when it comes to matters that rise suspicion and clarity. I mean what human out there would deny their eagerness to know things? Who out there wouldn't want to know how to pull information from others, who wouldn't want to know how to react or avoid when in question? Suffice to say just the title, The Interrogator’s Notebook, that alone chained me from the word go.

Martin Ott

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Story Merchant Books presents the debut novel Interrogator’s Notebook from prize-winning author and blogger Martin Ott. A former U.S. Army interrogator, Martin Ott uses his real-world experience and meticulous research in creating the character of Norman Kross, a master interrogator skilled at unlocking others’ secrets but blind to the truth of his relationship with his wife, sons, father and friends.

In the novel, Norman Kross is a
Darcia Helle
This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a man whose job is to get the truth through interrogation. The story isn't about torture, at least not in the physical sense. It's about manipulating people's thoughts, their reactions, and their feelings.

Norman Kross has been an interrogator for a very long time, but the case he works here is the biggest challenge of his career. Through Norman, we see what happens when two masters of mind manipulation are pitted against each other. The truly inter
. . . if you like military intelligence novels and psychology you'll like this book ! ! !
Anirudh Parthasarathy
The Interrogator’s Notebook is a psychological thriller novel written by Martin Ott; a poet who has successfully trespassed into the thriller genre. It features a former army interrogator, Norman Kross, but doing a much lighter task now, that is teaching. However, he couldn’t stay away from his profession for too long, as he accepts to do one last assignment, interrogating an actor, who is suspected by the famous director Owen Arnold, of murdering his daughter Natasha.

Norman Kross – his unique
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Born in Alaska and raised in Michigan, Martin Ott joined the Army as a Russian linguist and interrogator before attending the University of Michigan. He began writing fiction and poetry in his undergraduate years.
He has traveled through the United States and internationally, and these influences can be seen in his poetry travelogue, Poets' Guide to America from Brooklyn Arts Press, cowritten w
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Born in Alaska and raised in Michigan, Martin Ott served as an interrogator in U.S. Army military intelligence.

He moved to Los Angeles to attend the Masters of Professional Writing Program at USC, and often writes about his adopted city, including in the novel The Interrogator's Notebook (currently being pitched by Paradigm as a TV pilot) and poetry books Captive, De Novo Prize Winner, C&R Pr
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