Goodreads asked Paul Garvey:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Paul Garvey I really liked one particular character from my first book (McNulty). He was a wise cracking, loud mouth, beast of a man. I guess you'd call him the large, lovable rogue type (hence the reference or two to Porthos in Rook to Bishop). When I was writing the first book I realized I enjoyed writing every scene with him in it the most. So that said I always thought I'd come back to him at some stage. I was actually laying in bed jotting down some ideas for another book (that I've yet to write) and I just had this funny conversation in my head. So I scribbled it down on the back of my notebook. The next day I looked at it and thought 'that sounds like McNulty'. So from that sprung the first scene. It all just kind of took off from there.

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