Roar Back
by John Farrow

“Remarkable stuff. Fans of Bill James’ Harpur and Iles saga of cops and robbers are in for quite a treat” – Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars fails with a task set to him by his former captain and the consequences look set to spark a gangland war in Montreal.

Montreal, 1978. Newly promoted Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars attends the scene of seventeen break-ins at an apartment complex. Nothing more than stolen toasters. Cinq-Mars suspects that the burglaries are a trial run for a bigger heist . . . until he discovers a body pinned to a wall with a machete in one apartment.

When the former captain of Night Patrol, Armand Touton, receives a tip from an undercover informant in the Mafia, Cinq-Mars is ordered to intervene with a prisoner’s release: the man must stay behind bars. He fails with the task and the immediate consequences are devastating.

While trying to remedy his failure, solve the mystery of the break-ins and the case of the dead body, a chilling aspect emerges . . . gangland Montreal is bracing for war.


Remarkable stuff. Fans of Bill James’ Harpur and Iles saga of cops and robbers are in for quite a treat

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Gripping … Cinq-Mars’s wry, often amusing observations spice up the action. Fans of character-driven police procedurals will be satisfied

Publishers Weekly

Not only does Farrow provide fascinating backstory on the Montreal underworld that sets up the series debut, the outstanding City of Ice (1999), but he also takes advantage of the opportunity to add still more layers to his nuanced portrait of Cinq-Mars


A fine, character-rich mystery

Booklist on Ball Park

One of my favorite series. I love Émile Cinq-Mars!

Lee Child

The perfect read-alike for Louise Penny's Armand Gamache novels

Booklist on Perish the Day

An atmospheric storyteller who offers readers a complex literary mystery

Library Journal on Perish the Day

“John Verdon fans will be pleased by Farrow's pitting of his well-rounded lead against a puzzle worthy of the detective's acuity

Publishers Weekly on Perish the Day

Farrow is an authoritative writer who creates characters with depth and plots that say something about them

New York Times on Seven Days Dead

A delight for followers of Louise Penny and Donna Leon

Booklist Starred Review of Seven Days Dead

John Farrow

John Farrow is the pseudonym of Trevor Ferguson, a Canadian novelist and playwright with eight previous novels in the Émile Cinq-Mars thriller series and seven literary novels under his own name. Booklist in New York has called his crime series the best of our time. Die Zeit in Germany has called it the best of all time.

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Roar Back by John Farrow is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278893795th May 2020145 X 224mm272$29.99
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