Scarecrow on the Marsh: Real Places, Real History
Scarecrow on the Marsh is set
on Cape Cod, a peninsula that occupies the southeastern corner of
Massachusetts. The Cape, which extends sixty-five miles into the Atlantic
Ocean, oddly resembles an outstretched arm flexing its muscle. There are
roughly 220,000 year-round residents, but the population more than triples
during tourist season. The Cape lies less than twenty miles from Plymouth—site
of the original Pilgrim landing in 1620. Vast areas have been left undisturbed,
lending it an air of tranquil beauty. Author Don Weeks had a deep appreciation
of Cape Cod and vacationed there dozens of times before his untimely passing in
During his frequent visits, Weeks
familiarized himself with the Cape’s geography and history. All of the places
mentioned in Scarecrow on the Marsh are very real, though liberties were
taken with the setup of various towns and landmarks. During the novel’s climax,
the central protagonist (Thom Burroughs) attempts to rescue his love interest
(Abby Rhodes) from an abandoned lighthouse complex at Stage Harbor, where she
is being held hostage. In order to do so, Thom must use a series of
subterranean passages dating back to the Underground Railroad. This part of the
book is rooted in historical fact.
The Stage Harbor lighthouse is
located in Chatham, a picturesque community situated at the elbow of the Cape
(using the arm analogy). Built in 1880, it is one of the youngest lighthouses
on the peninsula. The harbor at Chatham is among the foggiest points on the
coast. Stage Harbor Light was added to enhance another lighthouse already in
service, known as Chatham Light. The Stage Harbor lighthouse was decommissioned
around 1933, when an automated beacon was installed on a separate tower. Stage
Harbor Light, which is visible from Hardings Beach, no longer has a lantern
room. The complex has fallen into private hands.
Though the passages beneath Stage
Harbor Light are fictional, Cape Cod does have ties to the Underground
Railroad. Connections to the Railroad are largely undocumented, but stories of
daring maritime escapes have been passed down for generations. Cape Cod, with
its coastal location and proximity to the abolitionist centers of Boston and
New Bedford, is believed to have been an important destination within the
network. Verifying this theory, trap doors, tunnels and false walls have been
discovered in numerous historical homes on the Cape. Among the best known
Underground Railroad “stops” are the Wing Scorton Farm in East Sandwich and the
Alvan Howe House in Barnstable. The Isaac Davis House, another historical site
with connections to the Underground Railroad, is also located in Barnstable.
The distinctive geography and alluring history of Cape Cod have captivated writers since the nineteenth century. In fact, the most famous nautical novel of all time, MOBY DICK, was set around the island of Nantucket, which is located off the southern coast of the Cape. Since the publication of Herman Melville's enduring classic in 1851, hundreds of fiction and non-fiction works have focused on the harming New England tourist haven. With an emphasis on terrorism, Weeks's novel is among the most unique.
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Inside the Book
Title: Scarecrow on the Marsh: A Cape Cod ThrillerWhen the mutilated body of renowned cosmetic surgeon Randall Landry turns up at a secluded bayside marsh in the town of Sandwich, Police Chief Thom Burrough’s life is turned upside down. While investigating the murder, he and Barnstable County coroner Abby Rhodes will uncover a plot more sinister than anything they could have imagined. On the outskirts of Chatham, a group of terrorists has assembled to unleash destruction on Cape Cod.
Author: Don Weeks
Publisher: All Things That Matter
Author: Don Weeks
Publisher: All Things That Matter
Meet the Author
For over thirty years, Don Weeks was among the most popular radio personalities in the Capital District region of New York State. He received a Marconi Award for radio excellence in 2005 and was inducted into to the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame four years later. He had just completed a rough draft of Scarecrow on the Marsh when he died of Merkle Cell Cancer in March of 2015. Author royalties from this project will be donated to the WGY Christmas Wish Campaign, which benefits a variety of charitable causes. Weeks worked tirelessly over the years to help raise money for the campaign.
Visit Don at: FACEBOOK
Jonathan Weeks has published several books on the topic of baseball–four non-fiction projects and one novel. His latest work, a mystery-thriller entitled Scarecrow on the Marsh, is a posthumous collaboration with his father–former radio icon Don Weeks, who passed away in 2015. Weeks finished the book in fulfillment of a promise he made to his father before he died.
Tuesday, November 1 – Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Wednesday, November 2 – Interview at Literarily Speaking
Thursday, November 3 – Interview at The Dark Phantom Reviews
Monday, November 7 – Guest Blogging at Books, Reviews, ETC.
Tuesday, November 8 – Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, November 9 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Monday, November 14 – Interview at My Bookish Pleasures
Tuesday, November 15 – Guest Blogging at CBY Book Club
Monday, November 21 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, November 23 – Guest blogging at The Book Rack
Monday, November 28 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, November 30 – Character Interview at Pimp That Character