Shades of Justice: Seven Nova Scotia Murder Cases

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. Richard John Uniacke Jr., the son of Nova Scotia’s attorney general, stood trial for his murder but escaped the noose – and ended his career as a Supreme Court judge. The Uniacke-Bowie duel is one of seven murder cases recreated in Shades of Justice, which breathes life into the law and the people caught in its web. From the disgraced mayor charged with killing his best friend to the last man hanged for murder in Nova Scotia, this book examines how race, religion, and social status have tipped the scales of justice (Nimbus Publishing, 1988).

Winner of the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Award for best work of non-fiction by a Nova Scotia writer.

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Praise for Shades of Justice

“An entertaining, well-written and very readable book that contains some serious social analysis … an interesting and detailed look at Nova Scotia’s legal system.”
— New Maritimes