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OUTLAWS AND LAWMEN OF WESTERN CANADA: VOLUME 3.

Surrey (B.C.), Heritage House Publishing, 1987. 158pp, paper, $9.95, ISBN 0-919214-88-6. (Set of three volumes.) CIP

Grades 10 to 13
Reviewed by Michael Freeman

Volume 16 Number 2
1988 March


Murder and mayhem in the Old West, Canadian-style, are the focus of these thirteen well-researched police procedural stories. The opening chapter outlines the origin of police forces in the western provinces and territories, while the bloody crimes themselves range in locale from the northern Arctic to Winnipeg and in time from the 1860s to the 1930ís.

The step-by-step reconstructions of the criminal activities and subsequent police investigations, enhanced by relevant photographs of victims, criminals, detectives, and actual locales, bring this rugged early period of Canadian civilization to life for the young reader. Unfortunately, the very depth and thoroughness of the research behind these stories of dedicated officers working under conditions of extreme temperatures, great distances, primitive transportation, and often hostile native peoples give the accounts a certain sameness that may cause the reader to lose patience after the excitement of the first few adventures.

Still, the episodes chosen are of sufficient variety to provide a fascinating picture of a rather unpleasant aspect of pioneer life in the Canadian West.


Michael Freeman, Bathurst Heights S.S., North York, Ont.
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