Interviewed by Christopher Zoukis
This interview took place at Federal Correctional Institute – Petersburg, a medium security federal prison in Virginia. I sat down with Robert L. Thompson, who goes by the tag of “Bobby B.” We talked about his fiction novel Corruption: Everyone Has A Price, which was published by nHouse Publishing, an independent press located in New Jersey.
CZ: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
BB: My name is Robert L. Thompson. But most people know me as “Bobby B.” In my previous life out in the real world, I was a DJ. My blue-booker was “Bobby B.” For the last decade I’ve been in prison for the distribution of crack cocaine. While doing time, I co-authored a novel.
CZ: Can you summarize your novel? What’s it about?
BB: Corruption is noir urban fiction. The tale of a drug dealer who gets swallowed into the belly of the criminal justice system. Once inside, he discovers a system spider webbed with self-interest and corruption. Filaments of corruption extend to every part of the system, including attorneys and law enforcement. From the outside, everything looks peachy. However, from the inside, everything is not as it appears. Thus although Corruption is a work of fiction, there is a river of truth running through it.
CZ: What I hear you saying is that the novel is autobiographical. That it reflects your own experiences in the system. If so, could you elaborate on the connection?
BB: Of course not! As a federal prisoner, I advocate the very popular doctrine of ethical pragmatism. You know the one where everything turns out to be the doctrine of self-interest. Kind of like former president Clinton. Only I’ve never been in the Oval Office, and I don’t smoke cigars.
CZ: Okay. Let me rephrase my question. What I hear you saying, is that Corruption is an indictment of the system. Where did you get the inspiration to write the novel?