The original manuscript was handwritten on yellow legal pads over the course of summer family vacations in Cape Cod. That manuscript, as well as a memory stick holding a transcript compiled by a friend of one of the author’s children, was eventually lost.
However, thanks to another sibling, Scarecrow on the Marsh, the debut novel by late longtime former radio personality Don Weeks, is now available. The book was reconstructed from memory during Weeks’ final years battling illness, as a form of therapy. When son Jonathan asked dad, at the end, if the novel should be published, Weeks said yes. From a recent piece in the Albany Times-Union:
Although Weeks became the beloved “Uncle Don” to two generations of WGY (810 AM) listeners and the huge popularity of his homespun humor and comedic timing earned him induction into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame, his private dream was to become a published novelist.
Few outside his immediate family knew about the manuscript Weeks started. It is set in the Cape Cod town of Sandwich. The protagonist is Thom Burroughs, chief of police in Sandwich. The mutilated body of renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Randall Landry washed up in a bayside marsh. As Burroughs and Barnstable County Coroner Abby Rhodes investigated the homicide through several plot twists, a love interest blossomed. The book’s title describes the killer, who disguised himself as a scarecrow and was part of a terrorist cell intent on wreaking havoc on Cape Cod.
Weeks passed away in March of 2015. Although son Jonathan did a lot of the final writing thereafter himself, he chose not to take co-author credit. All proceeds from the novel, published last fall, are being given to WGY’s seasonal Christmas Wish charity, a cause that was near and dear to Weeks. RIP.
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