THE SAGA OF RED RYAN AND OTHER TALES OF VIOLENCE FROM CANADA'S PAST
Volume 11 Number 2.
This little book offers a great deal of insight into several Canadian crimes. Martin Robin has taken the time to research the events, document the text in end notes, and develop an enjoyable reading text.
Within six chapters, the reader is embroiled in the lives of six notorious criminals. There is Lord Gordon Gordon, the self-proclaimed nobleman who conned his way into jewels, land, stocks, and a great deal of public attention. Soon, the reader focuses on the story of Red Ryan, who managed to hoodwink the entire nation in the 1930s. For the west coast reader, the case of Wong Foon Sing, a much publicized kidnapping, brings to light a number of details that were not reported in the newspapers.
The text is easy to follow and contains a number of illustrations, which add to the portrayals. The book is well documented and contains an index.
It is regrettable that the text is a victim of Canadian publishing rates. At a cost of $13.95 per copy, a number of potential buyers will pass right over it. Moreover, books dealing with criminals have fallen into question.
Despite these two setbacks, this text is recommended for consideration to purchase, especially for public libraries.
Ian Ferguson, Arrow Lakes School District, Nakusp, BC.
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