The White Angel


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$22.95  $21.34
Douglas & McIntyre
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6.0 X 0.8 X 8.8 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

John MacLachlan Gray is a multi-talented artist. As a playwright, composer and theatre director, he has created many acclaimed productions, most notably Billy Bishop Goes to War (1978), which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, was produced on and off Broadway, and was released as a feature film in 2011. As a writer, Gray has authored several books, fiction and non-fiction, including a series of mystery-thrillers: A Gift For The Little Master (Random House, 2000), The Fiend in Human (St. Martins/Random House, 2004), White Stone Day (Minotaur Books, 2005) and Not Quite Dead (Minotaur Books, 2007). He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, BC.


"It takes a distinct talent to turn factual murder into fiction and playwright (Billy Bishop Goes to War) John MacLachlan Gray has it.... I found it tightly edited without a single extraneous page. One of the best novels of the year."

--Margaret Cannon "The Globe and Mail "

"Labor unrest, enormous class disparities, and racial prejudice all figure into this thoughtful and entertaining novel....Gray's attention to character development yields fascinating protagonists.... The White Angel is a particularly appealing work of historical fiction."

--Karen Mulvahill "Foreword Reviews "

"This rich fictionalized take on the real-life 1924 murder of Scottish nanny Janet Smith, one of Vancouver's most famous cold cases, is another feather in the cap of MacLachlan Gray (Not Quite Dead). ... There's wonderful dark humor, which Gray uses as a weapon against ruling-class political aspirations, clueless cops, and the shameful racism of the time. This is a highly entertaining work of fiction informed by hard truths."

--Publishers Weekly