Detective Émile Cinq-Mars does more than Weather the Storm | Review of “Seven Days Dead” by John Farrow (To be Released May 2016) Minotaur Books

I received an advance uncorrected proof of this book via the author.

Fans of Émile Cinq-Mars have been enthralled by his experiences for a while now. And they are up for a real treat as author John Farrow continues the detective’s adventures in Seven Days Dead. But the real gift is that the story is so much more than a simple crime novel but also shows readers a slice of the human condition.

The plot has Cinq-Mars and his wife trying to enjoy a long overdue summer vacation on Grand Manan Island, off the coast of Maine. But the death of the island’s prominent resident pushes the couple into the heap of the investigation which reveals secrets that many people don’t want to discuss. Cinq-Mars is vaulted into scene, bringing his expertise to finding those uncomfortable truths.

Farrow has written an enjoyable book here. His descriptions of storms, of the locations, and even people’s emotions and descriptions are vivid. But the smallest details seemly researched and believable.  There is one character whom Farrow has seemingly developed from reality: a police officer who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. How the officer deals with his illness could easily come from many accounts from real-life professional emergency workers and Farrow should receive kudos for the details he gives that character alone.

Seven Days Dead by John Farrow is a gripping and enjoyable crime novel. It is not only filled with vivid detail but with realistic scenes and situations. A book that any true reader would be hard-pressed to put down.

*****

Link to my Q&A with John Farrow on Seven Days Dead

Link MacMillan Publishers/Minotaur Books website for Seven Days Dead

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