True Crime

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Black River Road

By Debra Komar

Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award

In 1869, in the woods just outside of the bustling port city of Saint John, a group of teenaged berry pickers discovered several badly decomposed bodies. The authorities suspected foul play, but the identities of the ... Read more

Chris & Nancy

By Irvin Muchnick

 

The Benoit murder-suicide in 2007 was one of the most shocking stories of the year, and a seminal event in the history of wrestling.

In “The Ultimate Historical Edition” of his classic 2009 true crime account, Chris & Nancy, Irvin Muchnick extends his definitive record ... Read more

Crime and Policing in Maritime Canada

By Peter McGahan

Fascinating accounts of criminal and police life in major centres of the Maritimes. These are very human narratives of what policing meant in different places and at different times from the 1830s to the 1960s.

Dead Reckoning

By Carys Cragg

Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction

A Globe 100 Best Book of the Year

Finalist, Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes)

When Carys Cragg was eleven, her father, a respected doctor, was brutally murdered in his own home by an intruder. Twenty years ... Read more

Final Appeal

By Colin Thatcher

On May 7, 1984, Colin Thatcher was convicted of killing his ex-wife JoAnn Wilson the previous year, and was sentenced to life in prison. The murder and the trial provoked a national media frenzy, and the once-prominent Saskatchewan politician was cast nationwide as a villain, ... Read more

Horseplay

By Norm Boucher

In his first true crime memoir, undercover operator Norm Boucher recounts eight months spent infiltrating Vancouver's heroin scene, a world of paranoia, ripoffs, and violence. It is 1983 and the War on Drugs is intensifying. From his observer's seat in barrooms, Boucher candidly ... Read more

Jersey Tough

By Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw
With Douglas P. Love
Foreword by Renzo Gracie

The only patch-wearing outlaw biker to become a sworn police officer — and live to tell his tale

In 1977, Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw was Jersey tough. He was a member of the outlaw Pagans bike gang, a One Percenter, and had earned his colours in a world of boozing, bloody ... Read more

Lynching of Peter Wheeler

By Debra Komar

At 2:21 am on September 8, 1896, authorities in Nova Scotia killed an innocent man. Peter Wheeler — a "coloured" man accused of murdering a white girl — was strung up with a slipknot noose. The hanging was state-sanctioned but it was a lynching all the same. Now, a re-examination ... Read more

Mickey Cohen

By Tere Tereba

 

Go deep into the L. A. underworld with the true story of one obsessive gangster’s unparalleled quest for privilege, power, and paydays

This biography of celebrity gangster Mickey Cohen digs past the sensational headlines to deliver a remarkable story of a man who captivated, ... Read more

Murder by Milkshake

By Eve Lazarus

Finalist for Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Prize (BC Book Prizes); Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award; City of Vancouver Book Award

When forty-year-old Esther Castellani died a slow and agonizing death in Vancouver in 1965, the official cause was at first undetermined. ... Read more