Dan Sharp

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I wrote the fifth Dan Sharp mystery, The God Game, during the much-publicized political antics of what became known as the Ford Nation. Its self-proclaimed leader, Rob Ford, was then mayor of Toronto. Like many, I was appalled by his aberrant behaviour, but dismissed it as a passing phase in Canadian history. Not for a moment did I think it was just the beginning of what in many ways is now the defining ethos of our current political era.

Thirty years ago, in the summer of 1985, I slept overnight on a park bench in Florence, Italy. It remains one of the most memorable nights of my life.

I was not there by choice, but by chance. I'd arrived by train on my way from Milan to a place called Isole d'Elba, where I would be meeting two friends. I had come to Italy earlier in the summer at the behest of a modelling agency director who, as soon as I arrived, insinuated himself as a sort of parent figure. He was manipulative, however, and I eventually did what many young people would have done: I ran away.