Just wanted to clear a few things up. I’ve had a few reviews over the last couple of weeks suggesting that GHOST IN THE MACHINE is sexist.
For clarity, I am not, as a person, in any way sexist. Quite the opposite, in fact. In my writing, I have expressed and reflected a certain element of sexism to reflect the reality of the world. GHOST IN THE MACHINE features elements of blatant sexism from the start, primarily from the mouth of Keith Miller – if you read to the end, you’ll know what I mean by that. It also features strong female characters, PC Caldwell and DS McNeill among others, and all of the incompetency is from male characters – so much so that I’ve had to introduce competent male officers in later books, such as Bill Lamb and Colin Methven (though you haven’t encountered him yet).
Cullen himself is troubled – he is something of a ‘shagger’, but is growing out of it. People should understand that you can reflect a real world and deal with those issues without becoming that yourself – Cullen sees a fairly broken world, and has been burnt by a previous relationship. He knows what he wants but he goes about it the wrong way.
I would hate people to think that I am sexist or a proponent of some of the views of certain characters. There is no real avatar character in the book, though Cullen does occasionally share some of my thoughts about Edinburgh and its architectures. You can choose to avoid things or to tackle them head on – I’ve done the latter.