The larger-than-life exploits and make-believe world of 1920s Chicago con man Leo Koretz – and his escape to a new life in Canada.

This is the story of one of the great crimes of history, a brutal act of ethnic cleansing committed two and a half centuries ago.

On May 8, 1992, twenty-six men went underground to work the night shift at the Westray coal mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

Justice, as the old saying goes, must be seen to be done. Sometimes justice must be seen to be believed. That’s the case in Bluenose Justice.


  Journalism texts:                

Meet Samuel Herbert Dougal, a lady-killer if there ever was one. Say hello to Henry More Smith, an escape artist who could upstage Harry Houdini.


As dawn broke on a summer morning in 1819, pistol shots echoed across a field on the outskirts of Halifax. Merchant William Bowie, who issued the challenge to this duel, lay dead.

This highly successful book, now available in an updated second edition, has been thoroughly revised to reflect the many recent developments in media law.

This comprehensive guide to investigative techniques provides journalism students and working journalists with practical tips for finding information both on and off the public record in Canada.


I have contributed chapters
to the following books:

“Telling True Stories: Creative Approaches to Bringing Nonfiction to Life,” (Inter-Disciplinary Net e-book, 2016)

“‘Written with Powers Truly Comick’: Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and the Birth of Social and Political Satire,” in The Funniest Pages: International Perspectives on Humor in Journalism (Peter Lang 2015)

“Deny, Delay, Deter, Defeat: Promise and Reality in Canada’s Access Regime,”
in FOI: Ten Years On: Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism?
(Abramis UK 2015)

“Seeking Truth from Power: Strategies for Using Freedom of Information Laws,”
in Access to Information and Social Justice: Critical Research Strategies for Journalists,
Activists and Scholars

(Arbeiter Ring Publishing/ARP 2015)

“The Rediscovery of Village Thibodeau,”
in Acadia Then and Now: A People’s History
(Andrepont Publishing 2014)

“Why We Love to Hate Lawyers,”
in Why Good Lawyers Matter
(Irwin Law 2012)

“Bans on Publication and Other Media Restrictions,”
in From Crime to Punishment: An Introduction to the Criminal Law System 
(Carswell, 8th ed. 2014)

“Libel, Journalists, and the Online World,”
in The New Journalist: Roles, Skills, and Critical Thinking
(Emond Publications 2010)

“Legal Disaster: Westray and the Justice System,”
in The Westray Chronicles: A Case Study in Corporate Crime
(Fernwood 1999)

“Sackville Promotes a Railway: The Politics of the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Railway, 1872-1886,”
in People and Place: Studies of Small Town Life in the Maritimes
(Acadiensis Press 1987).

I’m a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, the Writers Union of Canada, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. Check out my profile page and reviews and ratings of my books on Goodreads.