What books are currently on your nightstand?
Days of Rage by Bryan Burrough. The subtitle is: America's radical underground, the FBI, and the forgotten age of revolutionary violence, so that pretty much sums it up. I’m quite surprised reading the book at the large number of bombs that went off in America in the early 1970s. As it says, “During an eighteen-month period in 1971 and 1972, the FBI reported more than 2,500 bombings on U.S. soil.”
And a novel called Harmless by a Toronto writer, James Grainger. It’s kind of The Big Chill (or my favourite, Return of the Seacacus Seven) reunion story but they bring their kids and a couple of teenagers go missing.
Who is your all-time favorite novelist?
I have many, it really depends on my mood. I was certainly influenced by Elmore Leonard but I really enjoy a lot of novelists working today – Adrian McKinty, Declan Burke. I mentioned Return of the Seacacus Seven and I also enjoy John Sayles novels, Union Dues and Los Gusanos especially.
What book might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
A lot of Alice Munro. I would have said she was my favourite novelist but everything she wrote is categorized as short stories. Lives of Girls and Woman might be marketed as a novel in stories if it came out today.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Daniel Weir from Iain Banks’ novel, Espedair Street. A former rock star.
What book do you return to?
I like to read short stories so I return to books like, Esquire’s Big Book of Fiction and some of those Best of collections.Bio: John McFetridge’s most recent novel, Black Rock, is a police procedural that takes place in Montreal in 1970 against the real-life backdrop of bombings, political kidnappings and murders. The second book in the series, A Little More Free, set in 1972 about the search for the killer of an American draft dodger in Montreal will be published on September 1st, 2015.