On sale Nov 2nd, 2021
True Crime - Murder - General
About This Book
"FASCINATING!" -- Margaret Atwood
As gripping as your favorite episode of Law & Order but with immersive storytelling and moral complexity that only great literature can provide around matters such as community, social and legal justice, and the media.
In June 2013, three citizens of a small town on Canada's Cape Breton Island murdered their neighbor, Phillip Boudreau, a resourceful small-time criminal who had unnerved and entertained the community for two decades and spent nearly half his adult life in prison. Funny and frightening, Boudreau seemed destined to plague the village forever.
One day two Landry cousins and skipper Dwayne Samson (husband to a Landry daughter) came upon Boudreau in his boat, about to vandalize their lobster traps. Like so many times before, Boudreau was about to cost them thousands of dollars out of their seasonal livelihood. One man took out a rifle and fired four shots at Boudreau and his boat. To finish the job, they rammed their own larger boat over the top of his, then completed the day's fishing.
Was the Boudreau killing cold blooded murder, a direct reaction to credible threats, or the tragic result of local officials lacking the resources and authority to protect the community? Boudreau's body was never found.
SILVER DONALD CAMERON's literary works included plays, films, radio and TV scripts, hundreds of magazine articles, and nineteen books. Cameron had also been a professor or writer-in-residence at seven universities and Dean of Community Studies at Cape Breton University. In 2019 he was appointed the first Farley Mowat Chair in Environment at Cape Breton University. He died in June 2020, soon after completing the manuscript of Blood in the Water.
"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
"It became known as the 'murder for lobster' case. But that description . . . comes nowhere near capturing the complexities of the crime and its effects on the local community. [Cameron] successfully weaves together courtroom drama, memoir, and an insightful exploration of people and place . . . While much time is spent in a courtroom, Blood in the Water is not particularly concerned with innocence and guilt. It's a book about place, relationships, and our responsibilities to each other." -- Quill & Quire
"A dramatic narrative set in a unique, lovingly drawn setting, where a story about one small community has universal resonance. This is a story not about lobster, but about the grand themes of power and law, security and self-respect." -- CBC