The Darkest Day, the 5th book in Tom Wood’s series featuring Victor the assassin, just came out this month, and Tom kindly answered a few of my questions about the series, the new book, and more!
In this book Victor is out of his comfort zone as he tracks down a female assassin who goes by the name Raven. The hunt takes him to New York, where a city-wide blackout makes his job more difficult and he learns that this seemingly random act and his target are connected.
What inspired you to write this series?
I’ve always liked antiheroes so it was a natural progression to write about one.
Why do you think Victor is such a compelling character?
Because he isn’t like normal protagonists, even other hitmen. He’s a pure antihero. He doesn’t have nightmares or suffer from any crisis of conscience and he’s not trying to retire.
What kind of research have you done for the books, and in particular, The Darkest Day?
I do quite a bit of research, whether directly or indirectly. I couldn’t have written the series had I not already known a reasonable amount about weapons, tactics and such. I had to learn some specific things for The Darkest Day but I can’t really say here without giving too much away!
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Can you tell us more about yourself and your background?
Creative writing was the only thing I liked to do at school, but I didn’t realise I wanted to be a writer until I was in my twenties. Before writing fulltime I worked as a video editor, which proved to be very useful for my writing career because I taught me a lot about narrative and pacing.
What’s one of the first things you remember writing?
A short story at primary school about a boy and spooky cottage, which began as a ghost story but ended up being a comedy. I still remember some of the lines.
Why suspense/thrillers? What do you enjoy most about reading, and writing in those genres?
That’s a good question and I don’t have a good answer. There was no deliberate decision to write in the genre. As for reading, I don’t really read within the genre these days as it feels a lot like work.
What are a few of your favorite books and authors?
As I said, I don’t really read thrillers these days but I still read Lee Child, who is consistently good. Robert Crais, particularly his Joe Pike novels, are good too. Harlan Coben and Gregg Hurwitz write great twisty everyman thrillers, as does Linwood Barclay.
If you could read one book again for the first time, which one would it be?
The Lord of the Rings, definitely. Tolkien started the modern fantasy genre for a reason. It’s a breathtaking testament to the power of imagination.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Lee Child’s latest, Make Me, and I’m hooked. You can’t go wrong with Reacher.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on Victor’s next outing, titled A Time To Die, and hoping to finish in the next few weeks.
About The Darkest Day:
World-class assassin Victor finds himself under fire in the new thriller from bestselling author Tom Wood
HIT THE TARGET…
While carrying out a hit on a terrorist financier, Victor finds himself the target of an assassin who proves to be just as deadly as he is. Never one to let such a thing go, Victor sets about hunting down his attacker and those who sent her. She is Raven—a freelance assassin with a dark past and hidden agenda. If Victor wants to stay alive he must find out who Raven really is and what she is truly after.
…OR BECOME THE TARGET.
Does she really want him dead, or does someone else want them to kill each other? With the stakes growing higher by the minute—as a city-wide blackout plunges Manhattan into darkness—Victor and Raven must decide who is friend and who is foe before a deadly terrorist plot threatens to consume the city and them along with it.