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Claude Bouchard Books In Order

Publication Order of Vigilante Books

Vigilante (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Consultant (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mind Games (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Homeless Killer (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
6 Hours 42 Minutes (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Discreet Activities (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Femme Fatale (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirteen to None (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The First Sixteen (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
See You in Saigon (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Vigilante Books

The First Sixteen is a prequel to the Vigilante series.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Asylum (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Something's Cooking (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Claude Bouchard is a Canadian author that writes thriller novels. Claude is responsible for the Vigilante novels which follow the exploits of characters who take a unique and rather extreme approach to dealing with crime.

+Biography

Claude was born in Montreal in Canada. The author eventually settled in Montreal with his wife Joanne and two black female cats.

Claude Bouchard spent many years as an administrator. Following his time at McGill University, the author was a manager at various companies, and he garnered so much experience in the area of human resources that it came as a surprise when he finally decided to throw his career aside in favor of staying home and writing stories about serial killers.

Writing came into the picture for Claude Bouchard at some point in 1995. Starting with ‘Vigilante’, the author wrote three novels that never went anywhere. The first book only received publication in 2009, at which point Claude launched into his Vigilante series.

Claude has used the pseudonyms ‘Dasha Sugah’ and ‘E.Hotte’ to write erotic romance novels.

When the author isn’t writing, you can find him either painting, playing guitar or cooking. Claude is also an avid traveler.

+Literary Career

Claude Bouchard’s inspiration for writing ‘Vigilante’, his first book, was sparked by the O.J. Simpson trial. Claude began to ruminate over the American justice system and the many guilty and violent offenders it was repeatedly loosing back into society.

This drove Claude to write a gritty story about a killer that made it his mission to remove violent criminals from the streets. While the police went out of their way to arrest this vigilante, Claude’s hero enjoyed the worship of the public who praised him for killing the bad guys.

Claude believes that his desire to write the vigilante stories is the result of his father who always emphasized fairness and justice above all else and despised bullies. As a growing boy, Claude learned to not be intimidated by bigger foes who sought to use violence to push him around.

He had plenty of opportunities to put in their place bullies who saw fit to rile him up with violence. Claude doesn’t necessarily support or even encourage vigilantism.

Rather, the author was raised to stand up and fight when a wrong was committed. His vigilante concept came from a desire to create a character that was willing to go to extreme ends to bring about justice.

The protagonists of Claude’s vigilante series have been wronged in some way. The people that wronged them escaped punishment and, as a result, the heroes make it their business to keep other potential victims safe.

Claude Bouchard would like to think that he was raised appropriately. The author, who spent some time in San Francisco with his two brothers and two sisters as a child, had loving parents who made an effort to instill in them a sense of right and wrong.

Claude was an avid reader from a young age, and he wasn’t the only one. Reading was a culture in the author’s home. And it wasn’t just novels but magazines like National Geographic.

Claude was encouraged to read widely as a child, eventually dabbling in titles like the Alistair MacLean Novels, the Tom Swift books and the Hardy Boys series. The author always had a thing for espionage and mystery and his reading habits eventually began to manifest that passion.

Claude Bouchard was drawn to stories that had indestructible loners for heroes. He loved reading about protagonists that went against great odds and won.

Over the years, Claude graduated from Alistair MacLean to authors like Clancy and Ludlum, using each encounter with a new author of thrillers and crime novels to learn plot development, flow, and structure. Because of the path he took, Claude has always encouraged aspiring authors to read. That is the only way they can get the hang of their craft.

It’s worth mentioning that Claude isn’t much of a plotter. He typically focuses on getting a rough idea of the story he intends to write. Once he has a starting point, Claude is happy to make things up as he goes. Excluding a few loosely planned sequences, Claude doesn’t like detailed outlining. He believes that it ruins the fun.

Claude believes that his books are popular because they are grounded. Claude’s heroes are strong but they are not invincible. The author writes stories that could actually happen and that appeals to his readers.

A lot of the research Claude does is aimed towards determining what is plausible and what is completely impossible. That being said, Claude is happy to stretch believability in some places if it will allow his story to thrill and entertain, which is his primary objective.

Claude believes that he has succeeded as an author because he chose to self-published. He has the freedom to allow his novels to go in any direction he wants because he is not restricted by a publisher. Claude Bouchard doesn’t have to toe some invisible line for the sake of playing it safe.

Claude did try to go the traditional publishing route in the 1990s. However, after writing his first three novels and growing frustrated with the process of submitting and getting his manuscripts approved by a traditional publisher, Claude gave up on writing.

It wasn’t until the late 2000s that Claude learned about the potential that self-publishing held. That drove him to try his hand at writing once again.

+Vigilante

A deadly case of murder has Montreal wound tight. There’s a vigilante on the loose, a figure that is killing the worst criminals in the community, and after six months and more than a dozen murders, it doesn’t look like this vigilante’s bloody rampage is ending anytime soon.

Lieutenant Dave McCall has been charged with solving the case. He brings a security expert onto his special task force as they launch a long and grueling hunt to stop a righteous predator.

+The Consultant.

Chris Barry was a successful computer executive at CSS Inc. Then a takeover threw him out on the streets, leaving him without a job. It also left him incredibly wealthy. Barry seems set to pursue a life of leisure.

But then his previous involvement in a vigilante investigation elicits the interest of a clandestine government agency that takes a unique approach to dealing with crime. Following his recruitment, Barry is sent undercover as an IT consultant to solve a narcotics case.

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