THE DEATH OF ALBERT JOHNSON, MAD TRAPPER OF RAT RIVER
Frank W. Anderson.
Volume 11 Number 3.
How can a short paperback that is part of the Frontier series with a nice layout, maps, easy-to-read type, and picture of an infamous criminal's cadaver on the front cover go astray? Well, Frank W. Anderson does it! But the surprising part is that he does it because he just did not know when to quit. The story of Albert Johnson is well done. It moves well. The book has plenty of pertinent pictures and a map. It is readable and would be an interesting, inexpensive book to add to any collection for a footnote on Canadian history but. . .it is not because of the story of Albert Johnson that the book has faults. It is because of the last section on one Wilfred "Wop" May. The connection is there, but it is tenuous. The author just tacks on this chapter that goes off on a tangent. May deserves more; perhaps number 17 in the Frontier series?
Should a person buy this book? The Death of Albert Johnson has its faults. It has no bibliography or index, it is not particularly academic, and there is the thing about "Wop" May but I would buy it, and at the same time send Anderson a letter to please hurry and get the full "Wop" May story out on the book racks.
W. A. Handley, Alexandra J. H. S., Medicine Hat, AB.
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