10 Questions for Gene Hackman

In the first chapter of your new western novel Payback at Morning Peak, your 17-year-old protagonist, Jubal, finds his mother dead, shoots his dad in the head as he burns alive and tries in vain to save the life of his 14-year-old sister, who has just been raped. You wanted it to start slow, huh?Yeah, I wanted to dig myself into a hole so that I would have 300 pages to get myself out.