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“Fascinating! [A] must-read for all concerned about how humans manage to live together. Or not.” (Margaret Atwood)

“Superb.... an instant true crime classic.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

A masterfully told true story, perfect for fans of Say Nothing and Furious Hours: A brutal murder in a small Nova Scotia fishing community raises urgent questions of right and wrong, and even the very nature of good and evil.

In his riveting and meticulously reported final book, Silver Donald Cameron offers a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing and its devastating repercussions.

Cameron’s searing, utterly gripping story about one small community raises a disturbing question: Are there times when taking the law into your own hands is not only understandable but the responsible thing to do?

In June 2013, three upstanding citizens of a small town on Cape Breton Island murdered their neighbor, Phillip Boudreau, at sea.

While out checking their lobster traps, two Landry cousins and skipper Dwayne Samson saw Boudreau in his boat, the Midnight Slider, about to vandalize their lobster traps. Like so many times before, the small-time criminal was about to cost them thousands of dollars out of their seasonal livelihood.

Boudreau seemed invincible, a miscreant who would plague the village forever. Meanwhile, the police and local officials were frustrated, cowed, and hobbled by shrinking budgets.

One of the men took out a rifle and fired four shots at Boudreau and his boat.

Was the Boudreau killing cold blooded murder, a direct reaction to credible threats, or the tragic result of local officials failing to protect the community? As many local people have said, if those fellows hadn't killed him, someone else would have....

©2021 Silver Donald Cameron (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Silver David Cameron knew intimately the Cape Breton community where the brutal murder of a local who was vandalizing lobster traps took place. But instead of that insider knowledge giving him too narrow a focus, it enables him to see beyond the broad strokes of the story - and so bring to life ideas about power, law, vigilantism and community." (Toronto Star)

A "masterful true account of a celebrated small-town murder." (The Globe and Mail)

“Fascinating! [A] must-read for all concerned about how humans manage to live together. Or not.” (Margaret Atwood)

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Laws: Abstract Ideals versus Reality

I thought this was a full presentation of the many vectors that affected this community through this particular crime. The relationships of the community members with one another, with their history of British Law, through the pleas of help from the community through to the court that seemed I’ll-suited to handle the after-effects. Each time the judges spoke it was like they introduced another “off by one” error in the process so the final result was an ugly mess.

I want to know more about these cases but I really want to read more of Cameron’s thoughts on the legal and societal schisms.