Go Inside the Mind of a Psychopath

(Minor Spoiler Alert – if you have not yet read Lockdown, the following contains some descriptive commentary about characters in the book... these are not true spoilers but give up some information you might rather read for yourself.)

If you have started or finished reading Lockdown, my new novel, you know there is a violent murder, and several chapters are written in first-person narrative from the killer’s perspective. Many readers have told me they enjoyed these scenes from the antagonist’s point-of-view, and there is a high level of speculation about the killer’s psyche—after all he is a mystery-person and may be any one of the main characters. Those of you who have finished the book know that we don’t learn the murderer’s true identity until the end. As the story unfolds much of his internal tension and conflict comes from music he continuously hears in his head. A common question people ask me is, “where did you come up with all of the killer’s music?” I have to admit the list of songs referenced in the book is an eclectic accumulation of classical, modern, and off the wall selections. Perhaps several of these tunes were unknown to you; or maybe they were vaguely familiar, but you could not exactly hear the music in your head—as deftly as the killer does. Here is the definitive catalogue of head-pounding melodies in the order they appear in the novel. For fun you can reread those chapters where the song is playing and get a better feel of the killer's emotional state. I’ve included links to YouTube versions of each composition… enjoy.

Killer Songs:

  1. Mozart – Piano Sonata No 11 - Rondo Alla Turca  (YouTube version)
  2. Shalamar – Dancing In The Sheets  (YouTube version)
  3. Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture  (YouTube version)
  4. Engelbert Humperdinck – The Last Waltz  (YouTube version)
  5. Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Winter)  (YouTube version)
  6. Julius Fucik – Entry of the Gladiators  (YouTube version)
  7. Sir Edward Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No.1  (YouTube version)
  8. Sergei Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf: The Story Begins  (YouTube version)
  9. Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain  (YouTube version)
  10. Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata  (YouTube version)
  11. Mozart – Requiem Dies Irae  (YouTube version)
  12. Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries  (YouTube version)
  13. Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire  (YouTube version)
  14. Roberta Flack – Killing me Softly with His Song  (YouTube version)

Bonus Tracks

Not all the music in Lockdown comes from the Killer’s point of view. For example, early in the book, Tyler is working-out on the flight deck and there are two songs that play on the weld-warped tape deck:

  1. Van Halen – Ain't Talkin' ‘Bout Love  (YouTube version)
  2. Van Halen – Atomic Punk  (YouTube version)

In Chapter 25 an argument breaks out over a boom-box in the General Workshop. “Turn that hillbilly shit off!” is spoken by one of the R-Div guys… (although not identified in the book, this is Postino) … “I like country,” says another; it's Scheppler and his mother’s favorite song is playing:

  1. Charlie Pride – Kiss an Angel Good Mornin  (YouTube version)

When the guys change the music, the sound of Mozart fills the room. “Oh hell no!” shouts one of them. This is Hart voicing his displeasure, but Tyler is rather pleased to hear a song which is featured prominently in the soundtrack for one of his favorite movies, “Trading Places.”

  1. Mozart – Marriage of Figaro  (YouTube version)

When Tyler is waiting for his turn to be investigated by Agent Johnson, Postino sits in the compartment playing his Gibson Les Paul, he repeatedly strums the opening chords to:

  1. Boston – Don’t Look Back  (YouTube version)

I hope you appreciate the musical references I've incorporated into the story; I think listening, while reading, gives you a fuller experience as well.


Killer Music from Lockdown. When you read Lockdown you become immersed into the mind of a psychopathic killer.

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