“I don’t want to know what happens before I write a novel, but I do want to sense the depth of mood and wonder that’s possible.” | Q&A with John Farrow on the release of “Seven Days Dead”

Fans of a good thriller are always excited the next installment of the adventures of the favourite protagonist. And that includes fans of Émile Cinq-Mars. As Seven Days Dead is about to be released, author ‘John Farrow’ gives some insights to his work.

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1) First off, can you give a bit of an outline for Seven Days Dead?

Seven Days Dead follows my lead character, retired Detective Émile Cinq-Mars onto the island of Grand Manan, NB, which is off the coast of Maine, for a holiday. Naturally, he doesn’t get much of a vacation. The island’s patriarch has died and early on only the reader knows how. An event that raises its own questions. A strange cult ventures onto a ridge under cover of a massive storm (this is Book 2 of The Storm Murders Trilogy, after all), and a man who lives off the grid in the mysterious (and actual) community of Dark Harbour also hikes onto the cliff’s edge in the extreme conditions. When the storm abates another prominent islander is found dead, and he’s been eviscerated. When the daughter of the dead patriarch comes under suspicion and evidence mounts against her, she exhorts Cinq-Mars to come to her aid. In order to unravel the complexities of the crimes that have transpired and those that follow, the city detective must delve into island history and come up against contemporary internecine battles, at risk to himself and his wife, before the case can be resolved.

2) How long did it take to write the book? Was there much research involved in writing it?

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