This is an excerpt from my interview with Jeremy Dibbell of LibraryThing where I discuss the character development and inspiration behind the characters in The Yard among other topics.
Dibbell: For those who might not have yet had the chance to read The Yard, give us just a short introduction to the book, if you would.
Grecian: Jack the Ripper has done his nasty work and disappeared. The citizens of London are terrified and they don’t trust their police anymore. The homicide rate is at an all-time high and police morale is at an all-time low, when Walter Day, the newest detective at Scotland Yard, is assigned to catch a cop-killer. Overwhelmed, Day turns for help to an eccentric doctor named Kingsley who is well on his way to becoming the first forensics scientist in England.
Dibbell: What first interested you about the post-Jack the Ripper period in London police history?
Grecian: The actual Ripper murders have been talked about to death (so to speak). Jack the Ripper’s fascinating, of course, but I don’t feel like there’s much left to say on the subject. At least, not by me. But the impact he left on the people around him had to have been enormous. Something that devastating and that frightening doesn’t happen in a vacuum. He didn’t kill those five women, and then disappear and life went back to normal for everyone. He permanently changed London—and the world—and that is fertile ground for an entire series of stories.
Read the rest of this interview at www.librarything.com.