A Partial Inspiration for Max & Evelyn Davies

When I first started writing The Rook, I knew that I wanted to have a romantic interest in the series that could eventually become a true partner for our hero. There were many inspirations for this, most notably The Thin Man and… The Mummy movies. I wanted to have a couple who could verbally spar with each other but who, at their core, loved each other passionately. Rachel Weisz was the actress I pictured when I wrote those early scenes with Evelyn — in fact, her name was taken from Rachel’s character in The Mummy: Evelyn Carnahan. I’m a big fan of the first two Mummy movies and I was thrilled to be able to capture a little of that chemistry in my own work.

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