Those Rough-Edged Heroes



In the movie “The Fugitive”, Tommy Lee Jones had me at: “What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at fifteen miles. Your fugitive’s name is Dr. Richard Kimble. Go get him.”

Marshal Sam Gerard with his craggy face and gravelly voice was as far removed from a smooth and sophisticated hero as one could get, but I never doubted that ultimately he would get his man. His single-minded purpose burned across the screen.

While the urbane or geeky hero has his place, one of the attractions for me about the hero whose imperfections haven’t been sanded away is the strong-willed choices he makes. He’s not afraid to tell his truth. He thinks for himself, makes independent decisions and at times questions authority. He’s complex rather than all Ken-doll smooth and boring.

What makes the rough hero in the vein from Humphrey Bogart to Daniel Craig heroic is not the facts of his ancestry but in how he responds to adversity.

When it came time to write attorney Nicole Sterling’s story in COURTING DEATH, I knew she needed a strong hero who would not only poke dents in her professional poise but downright make her lose her control. Enter Detective Sam Bowie and boy does he get her all riled up.

So what is it that you love about the rough-edged hero and who is your favorite whether in fiction or on screen?

Carol Stephenson

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After watching a murderer walk free on a technicality, Nicole Sterling left the state attorney’ s office to start a criminal law practice. She lets her partners handle the assault and murder files while she specializes in white-collar crime. With her own mother’ s life slowly slipping away before her eyes, Nicole has had about all she can take of death.

But when a client is accused of killing her own baby, Nicole is drawn in to the case. Also looking for answers is Detective Sam Bowie, a man as infuriating as he is sexy. Sparks fly between them, but the last thing Nicole has room in her life for is a romantic entanglement.Their investigation reveals that Nicole’ s client could be just one of many innocent victims of a horrific conspiracy. Now, she must put her own life on the line to uncover the truth—and risk her heart—if she’ s to have a future with Sam.

Buy Courting Death HERE!


Award winning author Carol Stephenson lives in southeast Florida with her beloved Shih Tzu. She’s an attorney by day and author by night. She’s best known for her emotionally drawn, hard-driving romances.  In her free time she indulges in travel, photography and competing on a trivia team.

12 thoughts on “Those Rough-Edged Heroes”

  1. I don’t like a hero who’s too pretty or polished, either. Daniel Craig and Clive Owen are two favorites of mine. Looking forward to reading Courting Death! Congrats!

  2. Janni Nell says:

    I love a good legal thriller. Looking forward to this one.

  3. Congratulations on “Courting Death”, Carol! And yes, give me a rough-hewn hero over a polished one every time. So much more interesting!

  4. Janni, thank you! I hope you enjoy Courting Death. :)

  5. Oh, Allison, two of my fav male actors. Cannot wait to see Craig in Cowboys vs. Aliens!

  6. Thanks, Marcelle! It’s been an exciting week. :)

  7. Congrats on your release – it sounds terrific. I love Mel Gibson’s character in the Lethal Weapons series (even though I can’t stand the man!)
    All his weird quirks make him so much more interesting.

  8. Wynter, I loved the Lethal Weapons series and Mel and Danny Glover’s relationship as partners.

  9. alyslinn says:

    Definitely Humphrey Bogart.
    Even in his earlier appearances (The Petrified Forest, High Sierra), he was already rough-edged and his face showed his years. I’ll take that over those 30-something men who still look like teenagers any day.

    Can’t wait to pick up your book, Carol :)

  10. Oh, Bogey. He was something else, Alsylinn!

  11. Evie Balos says:

    The rough-edged hero is absolutely yummy, to me anyway. His layers of complexity and mystery are sexy and as they peel away through the course of events, a touch of vulnerability is often exposed. Luv that.


  12. I may post your description above my computer,Evie!

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