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Perish the Day

A Thriller


Available: 05/23/17
6.49 x 9.59 · 304 pages
CDN $36.99 · cl
With dust jacket

 Canadian Title

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John Farrow

Perish the Day is a riveting new mystery from John Farrow, an author who brings a literary fiction writer's sensitivity to nuance and feel for landscape to this fine, character-rich thriller with a bang-up finish" ( Booklist ).

A co-ed is found murdered on campus, her body scarcely touched. The killer paid meticulous attention to the aesthetics of his crime. Coincidentally (or not), a college custodian is also found dead.

While an epic rainstorm assails the Holyoake, New Hampshire campus, overflowing rivers and taking down power lines, a third crime scene is revealed: a professor, formerly a spy, has been shot dead in his home. A mysterious note is found that warned him to run.

Each victim is connected to the Dowbiggin School of International Relations, yet none seems connected to the other. The dead student was a close friend of Sergeant-Detective Emile Cinq-Mars's niece, so he puts his nose in; when internecine battles between police departments create a rift, he covertly slips into the crevice so he can be involved in the investigation.

Coming up against campus secrets, Emile Cinq-Mars must uncover the links between disparate groups quickly before the next victim is selected for an elaborate initiation into murder.

JOHN FARROW is the pen name of Trevor Ferguson, who has written many novels and plays, all to extraordinary acclaim. His Emile Cinq-Mars crime series has been published around the world and cited by Booklist as one the best series in crime fiction today", while Die Zeit in Germany suggested that it might be the best series ever."