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Bad Medicine - Revised & Updated

Bad Medicine - Revised & Updated

A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community – Revised & Updated
by John Reilly
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tagged : indigenous studies, judicial power, lawyers & judges

This revised and updated edition details the latest legal developments surrounding tribal leadership and the state of governance on Canadian reserves.

When Bad Medicine first appeared in 2010 it was an immediate sensation, a Canadian bestseller that sparked controversy and elicited praise nationwide for its unflinchingly honest portrayal of tribal c …

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The Bulldog and the Helix

The Bulldog and the Helix

DNA and the Pursuit of Justice in a Frontier Town
by Shayne Morrow
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A investigative reporter traces the role of DNA evidence in two groundbreaking murder cases involving young girls killed two decades apart in the same town.

In 1977, the industrial town of Port Alberni was shaken by the brutal murder of twelve-year-old Carolyn Lee, who had been abducted while walking home from her dance class. In 1996, the town was …

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Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror

Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
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Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : mystery & detective, monsters, fantasy & magic

When valuable cargo ships vanish from Rockfall Mountain's busiest port, crime-fighting goblin detective Fizz Marlow and his troll sleuthing partner, Tank Wrenchlin, know Detective Hordish is going to need their help (whether he wants it or not). But it's Tank's mom, the harbor master who is really feeling the heat. It's her responsibility to keep …

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Mooncalves

Mooncalves

by Victoria Hetherington
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Mooncalves follows the bloody implosion of a cult in Sainte-Pétronille, Quebec, understood through the urgent voices of the living and a ring of ghostly, shape-shifting watchers. Sensing the impending dissolution of society by technological progress, the charismatic, utterly unhinged Joseph Reiser forms "Walden", a collective of Luddite devotees-- …

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Damaged at Daybreak

by Trevor Clark
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Although Evan Marshall has done time, he is more of a freelance hack and fly-by-night adventurer than a criminal. His life takes yet another detour when he becomes involved with an over-the-top personality named Lawson--not only a playwright, actor, novelist, would-be priest and teacher, but a self-destructive alcoholic, drug addict and part-time m …

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Doublespeak

Doublespeak

A Novel
by Alisa Smith
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tagged : historical, action & adventure, literary

Lieutenant Lena Stillman has been left, nearly alone, on her code-breaking mission in remote Alaska. World War II has been over for a month, but due to crimes committed a lifetime ago, Lena is still under the control of the powerful Miss Maggie, her spymaster in Washington, DC.

Shaken by her role in the disappearance of Corporal Link Hughes, Lena ye …

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Tonguebreaker

Tonguebreaker

by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
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tagged : lgbt, asian american, canadian, women authors

Finalist, Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

In their fourth collection of poetry, Lambda Literary Award-winning poet and writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha continues her excavation of working-class queer brown femme survivorhood and desire.

Tonguebreaker is about surviving the unsurvivable: living through hate crimes, the suicides of queer k …

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Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

by Natasha Deen
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : mysteries & detective stories, sexual abuse), marriage & divorce

Zack Bernard has a thing for crime shows, especially the forensic-investigation kind. So when his friend Ella goes missing, Zack can't help piecing together what he thinks is concrete evidence that could lead to her whereabouts. The problem is, it's all pointing toward his dad. He knows his dad is lying about not having seen Ella because Zack saw t …

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The Goddaughter Does Vegas

The Goddaughter Does Vegas

by Melodie Campbell
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Gina Gallo is a mob goddaughter who doesn't want to be one. She's left her loopy family behind to elope with Pete to Vegas. Except that eloping may be a mortal sin in an Italian family. Between that and some weird deliveries and suitors, Gina's nerves are frayed. Vegas is full of great acts, but one impersonation is real: Gina has a crime-committi …

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Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart

Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart

by Steven Erikson
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tagged : alien contact, literary

A provocative, beautiful and visionary novel of first contact by New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson. Imagine a First Contact without contact, and an alien arrival where no aliens show up. Imagine the sudden appearance of exclusion zones all over the planet, into which no humans are allowed. Imagine an end to all violence, from the sch …

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The Myster Play

The Myster Play

by Josh MacDonald
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The Mystery Play is a detective story, a ghost story, and a memory play: a theatrical blending of Wit and The Woman In Black. Though fully self-contained, The Mystery Play is also the Second in a trilogy about crime-solving Sister Vivian Salter, a flinty, fifty-ish Catholic nun forced into the role of amateur sleuth. Each story in her trilogy was p …

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Murder by Milkshake

Murder by Milkshake

An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer
by Eve Lazarus
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tagged : post-confederation (1867-)

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. The day after Esther's funeral, her husband, Rene, packed up his girlfr …

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The Broken Face

The Broken Face

by Russell Thornton
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tagged : canadian, family

The poems in The Broken Face explore a sacramental, imaginative vision within contexts of crime, perception, memory and love. In this collection, Russell Thornton returns to the vital themes of intimacy and family, loss, fear and hope, bringing to each poem the essential quality of a myth or incantation. Reverent and revealing, within those familia …

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In Valhalla's Shadows

In Valhalla's Shadows

A Novel
by W. D. Valgardson
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tagged : literary, cultural heritage, crime

Ever since the accident, ex-cop Tom Parsons’s life has been crumbling around him: his marriage and career have fallen apart, his grown children barely speak to him, and he can’t escape the dark thoughts plaguing his mind. Leaving the urban misery of Winnipeg, he tries to remake himself in the small lakeside town of Valhalla, with its picturesqu …

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On the News

On the News

Our First Talk About Tragedy
by Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
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age: 6 to 8
Grade: 1 to 3
Reading age: 6 to 8
tagged : violence, law & crime

On the News gently introduces young children to the realities of natural disasters, terrorism and other forms of tragedy. In age-appropriate language and tone, Dr. Roberts explains what tragedy is, the feelings it may create and how to manage those feelings. She also emphasizes the good that can come out of tragedy, looking at how people help one …

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Blue Water Hues

Blue Water Hues

An Ashley Grant Mystery
by Vicki Delany
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Paramedic Ashley Grant is settling into her new life in the Caribbean, although sometimes she still feels like a fish out of water. The ambulance is called to a fire at a prestigious resort, and Ashley recognizes the victim as a hotel chef and the cousin of her friend Darlene. When a second death occurs, the police are quick to close the case. But …

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Quid Pro Quo

Quid Pro Quo

by Vicki Grant
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age: 9 to 14
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : law & crime, mysteries & detective stories, humorous stories

Quid Pro Quo is a high-stakes, fast-moving legal thriller about real people, and funny ones at that. Cyril MacIntyre's mother is an ex-street kid who dragged her son to all her law-school classes, then proceeded to get kidnapped. That aside, Cyril's life isn’t too different from that of other thirteen-year-olds. He has all the usual adolescent i …

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Explore the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystal

Explore the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystal

by Gloria Snively, illustrated by Karen Gillmore
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Reading age: 8 to 12
tagged : environment, law & crime, marine life

A lavishly illustrated story that teaches children about the marine ecosystems of coastal Pacific rocky shores.

Siblings Crystal and Sam and their Aunt Kate and Uncle Charlie explore the tide pools of Eagle Cove, a sheltered inlet on the Northwest Pacific Coast. The children discover that you don’t have to go far to encounter a great variety of re …

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In Too Deep

In Too Deep

The Shenanigans Series, Book Five
by Andreas Oertel
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Grade: 3 to 7
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tagged : mysteries & detective stories, friendship

Three trouble-prone friends become pawns in a criminal cover-up after they discover an old bronze statue in a local pond.

When Cody and Eric are denied permission to pick up golf balls from the ponds at their local golf course, they decide to trespass on the property at night. But they end up finding a lot more than just golf balls in the murky wate …

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Higher the Monkey Climbs, The

Higher the Monkey Climbs, The

by Bruce Geddes
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Twenty-five years after his father Gord died in a car accident, Richard gets a call from his cousin Tony, who is working on a theory that Gord's death was orchestrated by Al Forzante, Gord's former boss and a powerful union leader. With his own career and marriage sputtering, Richard is reluctant to believe Tony, inclined instead to cling to the on …

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It Begins in Betrayal

It Begins in Betrayal

A Lane Winslow Mystery
by Iona Whishaw
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Finalist for a 2019 Lefty Award

The fourth book in what the Globe and Mail has proclaimed “a terrific series” by “a writer to watch.”

Summer descends over the picturesque King’s Cove as Darling and Lane’s mutual affection blossoms. But their respite from solving crime is cut short when a British government official arrives in Nelson to co …

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Lightning Over Wyoming

by Kat Cameron
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In Lightning Over Wyoming, Kat Cameron's second poetry collection, the poet takes us into her world and beyond with truthful yet empathetic observations of what it means to be young, to be old, to be lost and to be found. As in her first book Strange Labyrinth, she weaves historical figures into a modern sensibility, showing us both the beautiful a …

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Property Values

Property Values

by Charles Demers
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The worlds of urban gentrification, overpriced real estate, and gang violence collide in this wry and sardonic crime novel by author and comedian Charles Demers (Vancouver Special, The Horrors).

As a shaky truce between suburban gangsters starts to unravel, schlubby civilian Scott Clark has other things on his mind: if he can't afford to buy out his …

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Escalate

Escalate

by Sigmund Brouwer
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : law & crime, alternative family, bullying

Team Retribution has been contacted by a teen who is being blackmailed into handing over secrets from the family business. Jace, with the help of his brother, Bentley, start to investigate and soon learn that the teen's family, like his own, is not what it appears to be. Jace, after learning he was switched at birth, then sets out to track down hi …

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I Am Nobody

I Am Nobody

Confronting the Sexually Abusive Coach Who Stole My Life
by Greg Gilhooly
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tagged : personal memoirs, abuse, child advocacy, hockey

”I Am Nobody is an honest, tragic account of child sexual abuse and a powerful resource for individuals struggling with recovery. Gilhooly clearly highlights the shortcomings of the Canadian justice system’s approach; hopefully, one day, the punishment will fit the crime." —Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL player and author of Why I Didn't Say Any …

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Shark

Shark

by Jeff Ross
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Seventeen-year-old Mark "Shark" Hewitt is good at playing pool. Really good. When he, his mom and sister move to a new town, Mark immediately seeks out the local pool hall. He loves to play, but even more than that, he just loves hanging out with the regulars. It reminds him of good times with his dad, who is no longer in the picture.
When one of t …

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Tank & Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly

Tank & Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
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Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : mystery & detective, monsters, fantasy & magic

When their school bus veers off course while taking the kids from Gravelmuck Elementary on a field trip, monster detectives Tank and Fizz witness a crime that brings them snout to snout with Rockfall Mountain's oldest monster, the ancient dragon Firebane Drakeclaw. Thieves have stolen the Crown of Peace, which keeps the monster clans of the Dark D …

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The B-Team: The Case of the Angry First Wife

The B-Team: The Case of the Angry First Wife

by Melodie Campbell
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Del's great-aunt, Kitty, has retired from a life of crime and embarked on a new venture, the B-Team. Although Del works at an animal shelter by day, by night she, her great-aunt and their cohorts, Dino and Ritz, use their criminal skills to right wrongs. In this fun book, the modern-day Robin Hoods set out to return a necklace to its rightful owner …

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Impossible

Impossible

by Jocelyn Shipley
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Grade: 8 to 12
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tagged : violence, pregnancy, law & crime

Seventeen-year-old Jemma's older brother took her in when she needed to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Razor. All Jemma wants now is to be a good mom to her baby daughter, Violet. But one night she needs to go out, just for a few minutes, to get diapers and ice cream. On her way back, she witnesses the drive-by shooting of a kid, Kwame, wh …

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Running on Empty

Running on Empty

by Sonya Spreen Bates
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Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : track & field, law & crime, multigenerational

Everyone expected Leon Kline, anchor for the 4x100 sprint relay, to secure Gilburn High's spot in the record books. But a freak accident on the final stretch changes everything. Suddenly his future is gone. No more running, no scholarship, no college. But then he meets sassy and straight-talking Casey De Vries, and life doesn't look quite so bleak. …

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Caged

Caged

by Norah McClintock
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Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : law & crime

Even if Kenzie's dog had somehow managed to escape from the family's fenced backyard, Kenzie knows the big, lovable chocolate Lab wouldn't have gone far. As they search for Clancy, Kenzie and his dad keep hearing stories about other dogs that have gone missing too. When Kenzie finds Clancy's ID tag and spots a van loaded up with dog food, he knows …

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White Sand Blues

White Sand Blues

An Ashley Grant Mystery
by Vicki Delany
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When paramedic Ashley Grant finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman, she moves out of her house (okay, his house), quits her job and takes a new one in a tiny Caribbean country, the Victoria and Albert Islands. Ashley is thrown into the deep end when she arrives. Her new colleague picks her up at the airport in the island's only ambulance, w …

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Infiltrate

Infiltrate

by Judith Graves
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Grade: 8 to 12
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tagged : law & crime, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, mental illness

In this sequel to Exposed, Raven is once again fighting for the underdog. When a desperate wave of teen suicides threatens to overwhelm her school, Raven does some digging and learns that all of the victims have one thing in common: issues with anxiety. With help from Team Retribution, Raven links the deaths to an unauthorized drug trial at a shady …

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Payback

Payback

by Deb Loughead
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : law & crime, values & virtues

Dylan O'Connor is in trouble again. While riding his bike home after dark, he has a run-in with a truck but doesn't give it a second thought until police show up at his door the next day. CCTV cameras put Dylan at the scene of a crime, and when the police question him, Dylan realizes he was an inadvertent witness. But he doesn't tell them the driv …

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Ghost Warning

Ghost Warning

by Kara Stanley
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New novel by breakout author, Kara Stanley, navigates Toronto's underbelly of urban grime, crime, and sublime. On the day that Lou James finds her father dead on the garage floor, she leaves her small hometown and heads for Toronto on a Greyhound, initiating a series of events that will reshape her life. Lou moves in with her brother and begins a n …

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Debating Hate Crime

Debating Hate Crime

Language, Legislatures, and the Law in Canada
by Allyson M. Lunny
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age: 22 to 100
Grade: 17
tagged : human rights, gender studies

Debating Hate Crime examines the language used by parliamentarians, senators, and committee witnesses to debate Canada’s hate laws. Drawing on discourse analysis, semiotics, and critical psychoanalysis, Allyson Lunny explores how the tropes, metaphors, and other linguistic signifiers used in these debates expose the particular concerns, trepidati …

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Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father
by Carys Cragg
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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 later, and despite the reservations of her family and friends, she decid …

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