Seven Days Dead

Seven Days Dead

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During an epic storm in the Gulf of Maine a lone woman races--first by car, then by a life-threatening sea crossing--to the island of Grand Manan. Her father is dying--will she make it in time?

Others also venture out into the maelstrom that night, including a mysterious band of men and women who gather on Seven Days Work, the sheer cliff that overlooks the wild sea. A housekeeper, a pastor, and a strange recluse are also wandering about out in the tempest. Who else risks being out in the turbulent black night? And how many murder victims will be revealed at the break of dawn?

Such questions will engage retired Montreal detective #65533;%mile Cinq-Mars. He and his wife seek shelter from the same storm as they make their way to the island for a rare summer vacation from both his police work and her horse stable. With a mounting death toll, a lengthy list of suspects, and a murder in the deep past that somehow affects the present, Cinq-Mars is drawn into uncovering ancient secrets that have led to murder. When the villainy turns against him, another race ensues, this timeto solve the crimes before his visit to the island ends in tragedy.

John Farrow's Seven Days Dead continues the #65533;%mile Cinq-Mars series of crime novels, which Booklist has called "one of the best series in crime fiction,"; Die Zeit in Germany has suggested it might be the best of all time.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250057693
1250057698
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 25 cm.

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susanchyn
Jul 10, 2016

If, as in my case, you have not read the first volume in the The Storm Murders series, you may not want to read this second one just yet.

The beginning of Seven Days Dead is chaotic. The characters incomprehensible, almost random. Author John Farrow provides no charitable clues.

Thus, the uninitiated reader has absolutely no idea who detective-protagonist Cinq-Mars is until Chapter Four, which is annoyingly late given the anarchy that precedes his appearance. At this point, the writing gets better, more coherent, and the suspense builds nicely for a while.

But then, almost out of the blue, the mystery is solved in a frenzied pitch. Cinq-Mars gives a protracted, anti-climactic and rather ho-hum account of what happened. Leaving the people listening to him, including the readers, to say, "Oh... OK."

On the plus side, one can learn lots about dulse and AIS transceivers.

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