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Wrong side of the law : true stories of crime /
Edward Butts.
imprint
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2013.
description
224 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1459709527 (pbk.), 9781459709522 (pbk.)
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imprint
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2013.
isbn
1459709527 (pbk.)
9781459709522 (pbk.)
catalogue key
8995792
 
Includes bibliographical references.
Issued also in electronic format.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2013-07-29:
Ellis Award-nominated Butts (The Desperate Ones) offers a dozen proofs that Canadians are not an inherently law-abiding people, although if these histories are any indication, Canadians do seem to be profoundly deficient in the art of getting away; however, foreign criminals trying their hands in Canada do not fare much better. From bootlegging to kidnapping, from smuggling to common murder, from orchestrated bank robberies to car theft, no crime seems beneath the criminal element in the Dominion of Canada, or beyond its ambitions, as revealed by Butts's book. The author writes about obscure criminals and those who made the FBI's most-wanted list, crooks of depressingly plebeian ambition and those whose connections reach into the loftiest offices of the nation. Butts's prose is unremarkable but serviceable, and his focus on criminals who got caught-including some, like habitual escapees Rivard and Buckowski, who get caught several times-lends the narrative a reassuring "justice served" tone. One gets the sense that Butts could compose any number of these studies, maintaining a laudable level of competence that his subjects so often failed to achieve. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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. . . Edward Butts' very entertaining Wrong Side of the Law: True Stories of Crime will surprise many readers who didn't know this peaceful country had such a rich criminal history.
. . . Edward Butts' very entertaining Wrong Side of the Law: True Stories of Crime will surprise many readers who didn't know this peaceful country had such a rich criminal history. -- Canadian Lawyer Magazine, July 22, 2013
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No matter where the atrocities were committed and no matter what the circumstances, criminal gangs such as the Hyslops, the Polka Dot and the Newton Brothers outfits all had one thing in common: they lived on the wrong side of the law. From across Canada, Edward Butts presents an all-new selection of desperadoes.
Main Description
English bank robbers on the run turn up in Newfoundland. A legendary Nova Scotia detective matches wits with smugglers. In the West the Mounties track down bandits and rustlers. Vancouver police officers hunt down the bank-robbing Hyslop Gang in the 1930s. A decade later the Polka Dot Gang rampages across Southern Ontario. The Newton Brothers' Gang, outlaws from Texas, engage in a gunfight with bank guards on the streets of Toronto, and a former Canadian Pacific Railway engineer masterminds a sensational kidnapping in Colorado. No matter where the atrocities were committed and no matter what the circumstances, these individuals all had one thing in common: they lived on the wrong side of the law.
Main Description
English bank robbers on the run turn up in Newfoundland. A legendary Nova Scotia detective matches wits with smugglers. In the West the Mounties track down bandits and rustlers. Vancouver police officers hunt down the bank-robbing Hyslop Gang in the 1930s. A decade later the Polka Dot Gang rampages across Southern Ontario. The Newton Brothers' Gang, outlaws from Texas, engage in a gunfight with bank guards on the streets of Toronto, and a former Canadian Pacific Railway engineer masterminds a sensational kidnapping in Colorado.No matter where the atrocities were committed and no matter what the circumstances, these individuals all had one thing in common: they lived on the wrong side of the law.

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