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Lethal Ladies

Lethal Ladies

Crimes of Passion, Tales of Deceit and Treachery!
by Cheryl MacDonald
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Grace Marks, the Victorian servant who inspired Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace ... Elizabeth Workman, a Sarnia housewife who turned on her abusive husband and paid the price for it ... Evelyn Dick, a glamourous 1940s party girl who Hamiltonians still talk about ... These are just some of the murderers featured in Lethal Ladies, a collection of accou …

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Plunder & Pillage

Plunder & Pillage

Atlantic Canada's Brutal and Bloodthirsty Pirates and Privateers
by Horwood, Harold
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For over three hundred years, lawlessness in Canada flourished off Canada's east coast. Pirates roamed the North Atlantic, and master storyteller Harold Horwood recounts their action-filled careers, crimes and violent deaths. Privateerslicenced by governments to harass the enemyaimed to capture enemy ships and plunder their cargo.
Among the charac …

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Final Takedown

Final Takedown

by Sherrard, Brent R.
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Grade: 9 to 12
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tagged : drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, native american, friendship, law & crime

For as long as they've been friends, Elias has been relying on his buddy Jordan. It's Jordan's mom who takes him in when his own mother is on an alcoholic binge; it's Jordan who acts as the brother and role model that Elias doesn't have. But now they've gone too far, and a schoolyard fight has landed them both in jail. The judge gives them a warni …

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All In

All In

by Monique Polak
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Grade: 9 to 12
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tagged : dating & sex, law & crime

Todd Lerner's never been much of a student, but he's got plenty of street smarts and he's a mean poker player. Todd's always had a thing for Claire, the most beautiful girl in grade eleven -- but Claire likes nice things. If Todd wants to date her, he'll need cash and plenty of it. Soon, a weekly poker game turns into a costly and dangerous obsessi …

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Deadly Women of Ontario

Deadly Women of Ontario

Murderous Tales of Deceit and Treachery
by Cheryl MacDonald
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Crimes of passion, brutal slayings, infanticide, and revenge: here are eight gruesome and often tragic stories of women accused of murder. Many are little known or long forgotten, such as Mary Osborn, the first woman to be hanged in Upper Canada, executed for poisoning her disappointing husband. Read about the crimes and subsequent trials of Mary a …

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Canada's Rumrunners

Canada's Rumrunners

Incredible Adventures and Exploits During Canada's Illicit Liquor Trade
by Art Montague
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"...despite flying bullets and cannon shots, Ben had his crew hastily tossing evidence over the side of the boat. Bullet-riddled, the Maritimas finally came to a stop, but even then, the crew continued to throw the beer overboard." This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: the history of crime or prohibition. It is saf …

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Murder!

Murder!

The Mysterious Death of Canadian Mining Magnate Sir Harry Oakes
by Cheryl MacDonald
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tagged : post-confederation (1867-)

This is the story of the notorious, unsolved murder of the richest baronet in the British Empire, Sir Harry Oakes. The millionaire miner made his fortune from the rich mines in Northern Ontario. His wealth and lifestyle gave many a motive for murder. Rumours surrounding the murder case as well as prime details about the three suspects (including hi …

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Ontario Murders

Ontario Murders

Mysteries, Scandals, and Dangerous Criminals
by Susan McNicoll
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"From an early age, lying came easily to her. Everything she did was a performance, a role she played to create an illusion." - From the story of Evelyn Dick. Six chilling stories of notorious Ontario murders are recounted in this spine-tingling collection. From the pretty but dangerous Evelyn Dick to the mysterious murder of one of the Fathers of …

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Toronto Murders

Toronto Murders

Mysteries, Crimes and Scandals
by Susan McNicoll
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The history of Toronto is peppered with countless tales of scandals and murder. This fascinating collection of crime stories features six chilling incidents that plagued the city's residents in days gone by. Exploring deadly love affairs, mysterious disappearances, and public hangings, these true accounts will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Restoration

Restoration

A Novel
by Ted Griffith
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Murder, the Mob, and a 1964 1/2 Mustang set the stage for this debut crime novel
Dominic DiPietro paints cars in his brother's auto body shop in Hamilton by day. By night, he moonlights chopping cars for a brutal Romanian mobster, Bela Nastasi. Painting wrecked cars is easy for Dominic, but his true passion lies in classic cars. So when a friend d …

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Heat

Heat

A Firefighter's Story
by Jon Wells
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The human story behind Canada's worst chemical fire
"Why you leaving Stelco?" the friend asked the rookie firefighter.
"'Cause it's hot and dirty and I don't like shifts."
Enter the world of Hamilton's firefighters. Theirs is a smouldering, combustible workplace, and in the effort to save lives they routinely put their own on the line. They know t …

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British Columbia Murders

British Columbia Murders

Notorious Cases and Unsolved Mysteries
by Susan McNicoll
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In July 1924, Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith was murdered in Vancouver’s wealthy Shaughnessy Heights. Her killer was never apprehended, but the investigation had shocking consequences. Twenty years later, Molly Justice was stabbed to death in a Saanich park. Her murderer has never been charged, even though police were virtually certain of his ide …

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CSI Alberta

CSI Alberta

The Secrets of Skulls and Skeletons
by Peter B. Smith
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Ten gripping tales of murder and missing persons show how skulls and skeletons reveal their secrets to forensic investigators. A skull is found on a scree slope high above the mirror-calm waters of Spray Lakes. Bones rumoured for years to be buried in a Medicine Hat backyard are finally dug up. The trussed and tortured skeletal remains of an unknow …

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Dirty Thirties Desperadoes

Dirty Thirties Desperadoes

Forgotten Victims of the Great Depression
by Rich Mole
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In October 1935, three prairie farm boys embarked on a deadly trail of robbery and murder that stretched across three western Canadian provinces and made newspaper headlines from coast to coast and as far away as Los Angeles. By the end of the spree, seven people were dead, including the fugitives themselves and four law-enforcement officers. For t …

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Zee's Way

Zee's Way

by Kristen Butcher
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tagged : prejudice & racism, law & crime, art

Zee and his friends are angry that their old haunt has been replaced by stores that are off-limits to them and storekeepers who treat them with distrust. To let the merchants know what he and his friends think, Zee paints graffiti on the wall of the hardware store. After the wall is repainted, Zee decides to repeat the vandalism, but this time with …

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Bad Medicine

Bad Medicine

A Judge's Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community
by John Reilly
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Early in his career, Judge John Reilly did everything by the book. His jurisdiction included a First Nations community plagued by suicide, addiction, poverty, violence and corruption. He steadily handed out prison sentences with little regard for long-term consequences and even less knowledge as to why crime was so rampant on the reserve in the fir …

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Reena

Reena

A Father's Story
by Manjit Virk
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Shortlisted for the 2009 George Ryga Award.

This is the story of an average family that has never been the same . . . since its eldest child was swarmed and killed by her peers on a moonlit night, November 14, 1997 . . . It is the story of what sudden and horrific violence can do to a family, and how a family somehow remains intact in the face of …

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Rescue Dogs

Rescue Dogs

Crime and Rescue Canines in the Canadian Rockies
by Dale Portman
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These stories of crime and rescue, by retired park warden and dog trainer Dale Portman, highlight the vital role dogs play in saving lives, upholding the law and recovering bodies. Portman describes the escapades of Canadian Rockies park warden Alfie Burstrom and his canine partner, Ginger—the first certified avalanche search team in North Americ …

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The Clockmaker

The Clockmaker

by Stephen Massicotte
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"WHO ARE YOU?" Monsieur Pierre (the immigration official) poses his usual question, but Heinrich's unusual answer sets in motion a metaphysical rollercoaster. Why would a simple statement of name and profession bring so much attention to an unassuming clockmaker? Maybe because that's two more things than anyone else in this place remembers…? Soon …

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Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen

Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen

The story of David Milgaard
by Cynthia J. Faryon
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David Milgaard was a troubled kid, and he got into lots of trouble. Unfortunately, that made it easy for the Saskatoon police to brand him as a murderer. At seventeen, David Milgaard was arrested, jailed, and convicted for the rape and murder of a young nursing assistant, Gail Miller. He was sent to adult prison for life.

Throughout his twenty-three …

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El plan de Zee

El plan de Zee

(Zee's Way)
by Kristen Butcher
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tagged : prejudice & racism, law & crime, art & architecture

Zee y sus amigos están furiosos porque su refugio de siempre ha sido reemplazado por tiendas que no son para ellos y porque los vendedores los tratan con desconfianza. Para que los comerciantes sepan lo que Zee y sus amigos piensan, Zee pinta un grafiti en la pared de la ferretería. Cuando lo borran con pintura, Zee decide repetir el vandalismo, …

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Scum

Scum

by James Dekker
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tagged : law & crime, mysteries & detective stories, general (see also headings under social themes)

Megan’s brother, Danny, is dead. Killed in an apparent robbery in a bar. It seems like a terrible but simple case of mistaken identity, of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as the truth comes out, Megan realizes that Danny was “known to the police.” He was in much deeper than she realized, and the police are not motivated to sol …

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Above the Falls

Above the Falls

by John Harris
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In May 1936, George Dalziel flew far up the Nahanni River to check on Bill Eppler and Joe Mulholland, who were working one of his traplines. He found their cabin burned to the ground and no sign of them anywhere. What had happened to the healthy young men? Had there been an accident, or was a killer on the loose?

Dalziel, known as The Flying Trappe …

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The Death of Albert Johnson

The Death of Albert Johnson

Mad Trapper of Rat River
by Frank W. Anderson
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Albert Johnson was a loner, a deadly shot, who in 1932 triggered a gruelling manhunt that has become an Arctic legend. For over six weeks, amid blizzards and numbing cold, he eluded a posse of trappers, First Nations and RCMP, who for the very first time used a two-way radio and an airplane in their search.

Johnson was involved in four shoot-outs, …

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Smugglers of the West

Smugglers of the West

Tales of Contraband and Criminals
by Rosemary Neering
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Do you think the smuggling of drugs and people is a new phenomenon in Canada’s west? Think again! Between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries, many daring smugglers carried contraband goods and people into western Canada across the US–Canada border or into BC from Asia. Smugglers of the West tells the dramatic tales of the bold criminals who sm …

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Prairie Murders

Prairie Murders

Mysteries, Crimes and Scandals
by Peter B. Smith
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These eight true tales explore the dark side of 20th-century prairie history. A Saskatchewan farmhouse is burned to the ground to conceal the brutal murders of a family of seven. A German prisoner-of-war camp in Medicine Hat is the scene of savage Nazi killings. A convicted killer is given a day pass out of prison for his birthday, only to escape a …

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The Hippie House

The Hippie House

by Katherine Holubitsky
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The "summer of love" is a time of idealistic freedom and experimentation for Emma, her cousin Megan, and the young people of Pike Creek. While her brother Eric's band practices in what Uncle Pat has dubbed the Hippie House, the girls suntan on their small lake and hitchhike into town to hang around the Drop-In Center. They find the growing crowd of …

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Given

Given

by Susan Musgrave
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The characters from Susan Musgrave’s A Cargo of Orchids are back in this brilliantly engaging novel. Rainy, the Mexican-American woman, and Frenchy, the African-American, along with Musgrave’s narrator X have returned and convincingly insist their story is not done. Once inmates on death row, now reunited and hanging out at an old house in a BC …

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A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden

A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden

by Stephen Reid
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Stephen Reid has grown old in prison and seen more than his share of its solitude, its vicious cycles, and its subculture relationships. He has participated in the economics of contraband, the incredible escapes, the intimacies of torture, the miscarriages of justice, and witnessed the innocent souls whose childhood destinies doomed them to prison …

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Dibidalen

Dibidalen

by Seán Virgo
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A primitive story of transgression and transformation weaves its way through the centuries and cultures into the lives and conflicts and personal dramas of our own time. Seán Virgo traces its journey and the guises it takes on, reinventing itself as fable, fairy tale, ghost story, and fantasy — spellbinding entertainments that engage all the sam …

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Toronto the Good

Toronto the Good

by Andrew Moodie
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When top Crown attorney Thomas Matthews, a victim of racial profiling himself, is assigned to prosecute the accused against a Left-leaning white attorney, tensions mount and personal politics bubble to the surface. Cutting deep into the lawyers' private lives, their families and foibles are richly portrayed as an integral part of Toronto's shifting …

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The Crime on Cote des Neiges

The Crime on Cote des Neiges

by David Montrose
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Véhicule Press launches its Ricochet Series of vintage mysteries with The Crime on Cotes des Neiges—a hardboiled detective novel set in Montreal originally published in 1951. At the centre of this novel, and two others by David Montrose, is the hard-drinking, hard-working private dick, Russell Teed.

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There were two b …

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Murder Over Dorval

Murder Over Dorval

by David Montrose
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By the author of The Crime on Cotes des Neiges, this is the second title in the Véhicule Press Ricochet series of hard-boiled detective novels set in Montreal. Originally published in 1952, Murder Over Dorval follows the investigations of hard-drinking, seasoned private dick, Russell Teed.

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Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street

Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street

by Al Palmer
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One of the earliest Canadian noir novels, Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street tells the story of Gisele Lepine, beautiful farmer’s daughter who leaves her sleepy faming community for the neon lights of Montreal. In the fast-paced city, dreams quickly turn to nightmares as the young ‘farmette’ finds herself surrounded by drug-dealers, newspapermen …

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Wealth By Stealth

Wealth By Stealth

Corporate Crime, Corporate Law, and the Perversion of Democracy
by Harry Glasbeek
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How is it that corporations are able to behave irresponsibly, criminally, and undemocratically? Wealth by Stealth is a scathing introduction to the operations of the modern corporation, written by a corporate lawyer. Many writers point to the growth of undemocratic corporate power. Glasbeek takes these observations further and outlines clearly how …

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Tough Case

Tough Case

by David S. Craig
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Sixteen-year-old Dane and his mom have relocated to Nova Scotia hoping to flee an abusive relationship with Dane’s father. In the midst of this, Dane has been getting into trouble with the law. He’s been caught breaking into and vandalizing an elderly woman’s home and is about to be charged with a host of serious offences unless he participat …

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The Third Riel Conspiracy

The Third Riel Conspiracy

by Stephen Legault
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It is the spring of 1885 and the Northwest Rebellion has broken out. Amid the chaos of the Battle of Batoche, a grisly act leaves Reuben Wake dead. A Metis man is arrested for the crime, but he claims innocence. When Durrant Wallace, sergeant in the North West Mounted Police, begins his own investigation into the man’s possible motives, he learns …

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The Witchdoctor's Bones

The Witchdoctor's Bones

by Lisa de Nikolits
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A group of tourists gather in Namibia. Some have come to holiday, others to murder. Canadian Kate ditches her two-timing boyfriend and heads to Africa on a whim, hoping for adventure, encountering the unexpected and proving an intrepid adversary to mayhem. The tour is led by Jono, a Zimbabwean historian and philosopher, and the travellers follow hi …

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Counting Back from Nine

Counting Back from Nine

by Valerie Sherrard
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tagged : values & virtues, death & dying, parents, love & romance

"There are rules for what I've done. Specific punishments for crimes against friendship."

Laren Olivier knows the rules, but her attraction to a friend's ex-boyfriend is strong. She tells herself that if she and Scott can keep their new romance a secret, no one will get hurt. But Laren is not the only one with something to hide.

Thus begins a year-lo …

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Glycerine

Glycerine

by Garry Ryan
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With the traumatic events of Foxed behind him, Detective Lane has been promoted to the head of the Calgary Major Crimes Unit, a position that brings new responsibilities, as well as a new partner in the form of headstrong rookie Nigel Li. Lane and Li’s first case, an investigation into the death of a migrant worker, points them in the direction o …

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Innocence on Trial

Innocence on Trial

The Framing of Ivan Henry
by Joan McEwen
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In early-1980s Vancouver, Ivan Henry was an ex-convict still adjusting to civilian life when he was detained on a break-and-enter charge. A short time later he found himself on trial for ten charges of sexual assault—crimes he vehemently denied committing. Henry spent twenty-seven years in prison before a 2010 DNA test proved his innocence and se …

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My Fellow Creatures

My Fellow Creatures

by Michael Rubenfeld
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Two men, each serving time for the same crime, are forced to question the nature of their desires when their pasts become their present.

Venturing into dark and explosive territory, My Fellow Creatures is a raw, honest, and thoughtful portrayal of these men and their virtues, confronting the reader with difficult questions about love, consent, venge …

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Honour On Trial

Honour On Trial

The Shafia Murders and the Culture of Honour Killings
by Paul Schliesmann
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A car is discovered underwater at a Rideau Canal lockstation near Kingston, Ontario. Within it are the bodies of three sisters—Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti Shafia—along with that of their presumed aunt, Rona Amir Mohammad. The stories told by parents Tooba Mohammad Yahya and Mohammad Shafia, and their eldest son, Hamed, don't match up with the rapi …

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Sweethearts

Sweethearts

The Builders, the Mob and the Men
by Catherine Wismer
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Toronto was Boomtown in the 1960s. The city was growing quickly, gobbling up farmland for suburbs, pushing through expressways, knocking down neighbourhoods to make way for high-rise apartments.
With the rapidly growing population, there was huge demand for new housing. Toronto needed apartments, lots of them. It was a perfect market for a new kin …

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Root Causes

Root Causes

by Elaine Kozak
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Root Causes is a dramatic murder mystery that begins when Clare’s fiancé, Leo, dies in a tragic car accident. Clare soon discovers that his death, and his life, may not have been what they seem. Caught up in a maelstrom of events and now fleeing for her life, Clare escapes to Leo’s secret, unfinished vineyard. The mystery of Leo’s life grows …

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Girl Trouble

Girl Trouble

Female Delinquency in English Canada
by Joan Sangster
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Rarely a week goes by when juvenile delinquency or the Young Offenders Act are not discussed in the dominant media. Are we witnessing a moral panic over youth crime or a spate of “child-blaming” driven by the politics of law and order? Sangster traces the history of young women and crime and in so doing punctures dozens of myths surrounding the …

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Policing the Wild North-West

Policing the Wild North-West

A Sociological Study of the Provincial Police in Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1905-32
by Zhiqiu Lin
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In Policing the Wild North-West, the first comprehensive social history of provincial police in western Canada between 1905 and 1932, Zhiqiu Lin investigates the complex relationship between the role of policing, the political sphere, and social progress.

This book attempts to analyze the effects on provincial police in Alberta and Saskatchewan of v …

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paper SERIES

by David Yee
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An unhappy orphan who finds solace in paper cut-outs of her parents, an Indian doctor who displays his medical degree in his taxi cab, and waiters who tamper with fortune cookie are some of the vibrant characters who are brought to life in this anthology of six monologues that revolve around paper. From drama to comedy to crime-thriller, Yee brings …

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Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird

Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird

The story of Guy Paul Morin
by Cynthia J. Faryon
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At twenty-four, Guy Paul Morin was considered a bit strange. He still lived at home, drove his parents' car, kept bees in the backyard, and grew flowers to encourage the hives. He played the saxophone and clarinet in three bands and loved the swing music of the 1940s.

In the small Ontario town where he lived, this meant Guy Paul stood out. So when t …

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Always Kiss the Corpse

Always Kiss the Corpse

by Sandy Frances Duncan & George Szanto
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"Duncan and Szanto bring their A-game to this daring and complex novel."—Lou Allin, Crime Writers of Canada

 

Sandro Vasiliadis, a nurse at the Whidbey Island General Hospital, has died of an apparent heroin overdose. When his grieving mother bends over to kiss her son’s corpse at the viewing, she shrieks, “That’s not Sandro!” Convinced tha …

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