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Par John Vaillant. 2005
In 1997, when a shattered kayak and camping gear are found on an Alaskan island north of the Canadian border,…they reignite a mystery surrounding a shocking act of protest. The author braids together the strands of this mystery and brings to life the historical collision of Europeans and the Haida and the harrowing world of logging. Canada Reads 2012. Winner of the 2005 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. Bestseller. 2005.
Par Sharon Butala. 2008
In 1962, Alexandra Wiwcharuk was found murdered on the banks of the Saskatchewan River. Nearly 50 years later, her murder…still haunts Saskatoon residents, especially those who, like Butala, were Alexandra's friends. Compelled by her memories of Alex, Butala returns to that still-unsolved murder, writing an in-depth investigation of the tragic death, a nostalgic coming-of-age story, and an exploration of the nature of good and evil. Some descriptions of sex and violence. 2008.
Par Ulrich Boser. 2009
Journalist recounts the 1990 robbery of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in which two crooks posing as policemen nabbed art…worth $500 million, including five Degas paintings, three Rembrandts, and a Vermeer. Traces the investigation of art detective Harold Smith and explores case links to mobsters and the IRA. Strong language. 2009.
Par Ranulph Fiennes. 1991
The "Feather Men," so named because of their light touch, were a group of Englishmen recruited to stop an organization…of contract killers from murdering former members of the Special Air Service. This true story of their vigilante activities during the 1980s is set mainly in Oman and is told in chilling detail with action-packed narrative. Includes violence. 1991.
Par Dick Lehr. 2009
The Fence documents the true story of a Boston police incident during which an undercover officer was brutally beaten by…fellow officers who mistook him for a murder suspect. Some strong language and some descriptions of violence. c2009.
Par Adrian Humphreys. 1999
By the time Johnny "Pops" Papalia was gunned down at the age of 73, his massive crime network had earned…him the nickname "Canada's Capone." Filled with tales of extortion, loan sharking, gambling and heroin, this book chronicles the rise and fall of Canada's most successful Mafia don. Some descriptions of violence. 1999.
Par Robert W Ferguson. 2003
The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest inland body of water, has lost over half its surface area and 80 percent…of its volume since 1960, due to poorly planned irrigation systems. In January 2000, Canadian Rob Ferguson went to Uzbekistan to work on an environmental project to save the Aral Sea. After a year of dealing with corrupt officials, not only had the project gone nowhere, but Ferguson was under suspicion of murder. Some strong language. 2003.
Par T. J English. 2018
Drawing on detailed reporting and extensive evidence, English reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops,…hitmen, and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in an American saga of desperation and empire building, set against the larger backdrop of revolution, exile, and ethnicity. 2018.
Par John Emsley. 2005
Chemist Emsley offers an account of five of the most toxic elements - arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium -…describing their lethal chemical properties and highlighting their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history. Emsley also shows which toxic elements may have been behind the madness of King George III, the delusions of Isaac Newton, and the strange death of King Charles II. In addition, the book examines many modern day environmental catastrophes. 2005.
Par John Boessenecker, Mark Dugan. 1992
Between the years 1860 and 1911, Bill Miner's criminal career included stagecoach and train robberies. A gentleman robber who never…killed, Miner believed that railroad companies robbed the public and he therefore had a right to rob them back. 1992.
In 1901, pinup girl and penniless actress Evelyn Nesbit was taken advantage of by legendary architect Stanford White. Four years…later, Nesbit would tell her husband Harry Thaw of the encounter, leading Thaw to publicly murder White. 2018.
Par M. L Friedland. 1994
A sensational trial -- questions about the influence of the media, expert witnesses, the issue of the death penalty, and…the advantage of wealth. While it sounds like one of today's headlines, this actually happened in 1900. The author investigates the remarkable trial of two men accused of murdering William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University. 1994.
Par Steve Lillebuen. 2012
On the night of October 10, 2008, Johnny Altinger was heading to his first date with a woman he had…met online. He was never seen again. Two weeks earlier, aspiring filmmaker Mark Twitchell, with a devotion to the television series Dexter, began a three-day shoot for his latest short film. His horror story featured a serial killer who impersonates women on an online dating site to lure unsuspecting men to his suburban kill room. But his script was actually the blueprint for a real-life murder. Includes violence and strong language. Winner of the 2013 Arthur Ellis Best Crime Non-fiction Award. c2012.
Par Neal Hall. 1991
On June 8, 1989, the body of Cindy James was found near an abandoned house in a Vancouver suburb. In…the years before her death, James had reported several assaults to the police, and had received poison pen letters. The perpetrator was never found, and speculation grew that James had committed suicide. Strong language and descriptions of violence. c1991.
Par Richard Firstman, Jamie Talan. 1997
One at a time, five siblings died in their New York state home over the course of six years. The…deaths were considered accidental and attributed to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) until twenty years later when a dogged district attorney revisited the matter and convicted the mother of murdering her children. Strong language. c1997.
Par David Grann. 2010
Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world, and pivots around the gravitational…pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world's foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City's water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann's hypnotic accounts display the power--and often the willful perversity--of the human spirit. 2010.
Par Judith Fingard. 1992
Using court records, newspaper accounts and other sources, the author studies 92 "repeat" offenders of late Victorian Halifax, including thieves,…prostitutes, drunks and brawlers. She then examines how the middle class do-gooders tried to solve "the problems of the disrespectable lower classes". 1992.
Par Michael Ondaatje. 2009
William Bonney, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid," killed his first man when he was twelve, and by the time he was…twenty-one he had slain nineteen more. Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels and his own imagination, Ondaatje imagines Billy's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880s New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. A synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth. Winner of the 1970 Governor General's Award for Poetry. 2009.
Par Edna Buchanan. 1988