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David Ricardo Williams.

Victoria, Sono Nis Press, c1982.
170pp, cloth, $12.95.
ISBN 0-919462-97-9.

Grades 11 and up.
Reviewed by Gerri Young.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.

Decidedly interesting, well-researched, and well-written, Trapline Outlaw will be of interest to many. Although much has been written about Peter Simon Gunanoot, this author presents a comprehensive, unexaggerated account based on hitherto unavailable or unknown information. Gunanoot was accused of murdering two men at Hazelton, B.C. in 1906. He fled with his family and remained an outlaw for thirteen years in the northern wilds of British Columbia until he surrendered in 1919, stood trial, and was acquitted. By this time he was transformed from a criminal into a folk-hero. D.R. Williams tells us the whole story from beginning to end.

Williams is a British Columbia trial lawyer who spends much of his time writing in the field of biography and history. He won the University of B.C.

Medal for Canadian Biography in 1978 for his book The Man for a New Country. He writes logically, carefully, with great detail, and is never dull. Out of his own knowledge and experience as a trial lawyer, D.R. Williams reaches a conclusion about Gunanoot's innocence or guilt.

There are many good photos included of the people and places mentioned and a bibliography and index.

Gerri Young, Fort Nelson, BC.
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