What is your story?
I’m a Paraguayan police lieutenant named Eduardo Gomez. You will first meet me in the novel The Ambivalent Corpse by Jerold Last.
What is your problem in the story?
One of my other bosses wants me to help investigate a murder in Uruguay that might have neo-Nazi connections that could affect my home country, Paraguay.
Do you embrace conflict?
No, I try to use my brains rather than my considerable brawn.
How do you see yourself?
As a man trying to do the best I can in three difficult jobs, and sometimes being tugged in different directions by conflicting loyalties.
How do your friends see you?
They only see the parts of me I want them to see.
How do your enemies see you?
My goal is always that eventually they see me through the bars of a prison cell.
How does the author see you?
He hasn’t really let me have my own story yet so we have unresolved issues. I think that may change eventually, but not immediately in this series.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Only on a pretty superficial level. There’s a lot more to me that he has revealed thus far.
Do you talk about your achievements?
Often, I can’t. I do a lot of work that is best kept from the public.
Do you have money troubles?
Fortunately not. I am being paid a good salary for all of the things I do.
What do you want to be?
A good person and a good father.
What do you believe?
I believe in right and wrong, and that we are all responsible for doing as much right as we can while we’re in this world.
What makes you happy?
I enjoy my collaborations with Roger and Suzanne. They know a lot more about me than anyone else so I can relax with them and just be the real me. And I enjoy spending time around Suzanne.
What makes you angry?
Evil. Evil people. Extreme poverty and what it does to otherwise good people.
Do you keep your promises?
To the best of my ability I do. That’s very important to me, especially because of my life style.
Do you have any distinguishing marks?
You don’t need to know that.
Did anything newsworthy happen on the day you were born?
Yes. Paraguay played Brazil in an international soccer match and tied 0-0. This was when Pele was still playing for the Brazil National team.
What in your past had the most profound effect on you?
My religious upbringing.
Who was your first love?
The lovely girl I met in college who became my wife.
Who is your true love?
My wife, even if I also have some unresolved feelings for Suzanne.
What is your most closely guarded secret?
Who my international employers are and what exactly it is that I do for them.
What is your favorite food?
I like good wines and fresh seafood. Paraguay is landlocked so fresh seafood doesn’t exist and the Paraguayan wine industry has a long way to go to catch up to Argentina in making fine wines.
If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you rather be stranded with, a man or a woman?
A woman of course. I’m a South American man.
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