North America's first gangster novel?originally published in 1928?this page-turning thriller features characters both charming and terrifying. Set in Toronto during the era of speakeasies and underworld vendettas, the tale centers on Harry Trotter, an amoral figure who loses his job and his wife in quick succession. He soon evolves from a bootlegger into a reputable gangster, doing as he pleases and strong-arming anyone who stands in his way. Reviving the narrative that set the literary stage for the hard-boiled crime genre, this is a seething noir tale of crime, murder, betrayal, and knuckle-bruising politics.
Morley Callaghan was the author of The Loved and the Lost, More Joy in Heaven, Now That April’s Here and Other Stories, Such is My Beloved, That Summer in Paris, and They Shall Inherit the Earth. He was a recipient of the Governor-General’s Award, the Lorne Pierce Medal, and the Order of Canada. James Dubro is an award-winning crime writer, a television researcher, and a producer. He has researched, written, and produced documentaries on organized crime, Cuba, the KGB, and the CIA which have appeared on CBC, PBS, and A&E. He is the coauthor of Dragons of Crime and Undercover: The Cases of the RCMP's Most Secret Operative. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.