Why you must read Nick Brown’s The Dead Travel Fast
“The Dead Travel Fast” is an imaginative supernatural chiller set on the beautiful, volatile Greek island of Samos.
It is the story of a young archaeologist, on the run from unearthing something that should have been left buried, who is manipulated by forces he does not understand into excavating a site feared by the islanders through the centuries. Across the island a troubled Greek detective, seconded from Athens, is trying to solve a series of ritual killings that make no sense. A story of love, death betrayal and terror set against a backdrop of Greece torn apart by political and economic revolution.
What genre is this? You called it a “chiller”.
Tell us about the series.
Tell us about the main characters.
We know this question is a bit of a cliché, but who would you cast if you were to make a movie of the book?
Have you written any other novels?
There are numerous books set in Ancient Rome but not many set in Greece which has as good stories, larger than life characters and which the Romans largely copied. The series is fictional but features some of the historical figures that have fashioned our world. The series tells the story of the birth of democracy and the struggle for freedom through the eyes of Mandrocles a young Greek exiled from Samos and fighting for Athens. The second in the series ends with him watching the last rites of the 300 Spartans stand at Thermopylae. The series tells a fast paced story but is based on meticulous research and tries to tell it like it most probably was stripped of the hype but none the less moving for that.
Sounds really interesting.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
In Sept 1986 I was on the senior management team at Burnage High school when a Bangladeshi pupil was murdered in the playground. A year later, following the violent aftermath I decided to leave teaching and joined Oldham council to build the working reconstruction of a Romano British Villa next to the Roman fort at Castleshaw. This was about to reach fruition when the council moved me into one of their secondary schools as head teacher as the school was troubled by violence and racial strife. While there I had to deal with a second murder when a student was shot dead on the street.
Oh my God! That’s horrible!
I left the college after twenty years to write full time and have had three books published with two more to come in the next ten months. I’m married with three sons was made an OBE (Officer of The British Empire) by the Queen, a frightening experience, for work in Oldham during the riots.
Wow, that’s very, very impressive.
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