INSIDER AUTHOR: Cameron’s unforgettable account crackles with the voices of a unique people, with colourful, vibrant detail that only a local from the affected community could capture.
GREAT READ: You don’t need to know anything about Cape Breton to relish this gripping tale of murder and morality in an Acadian village.
REGIONAL APPEAL: Maritime readers support their own. Cameron has lived there for over 40 years.
OTPB: We’re publishing in original trade.
INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION: Steerforth will publish in the US and Swift Press will publish in the UK.
A NATIONAL BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED for the 2021 Crime Writers of Canada Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book
SHORTLISTED for the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards’ Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction
Praise for Blood in the Water:
“It was easily dismissed as the ’murder for lobster’—a senseless, brutal act. But to the master storyteller Silver Donald Cameron, who has a deep knowledge of the people and the history of where it happened, it was anything but senseless. It was a crime that over time became, in many minds, inevitable.”
—Linden MacIntyre, author of The Wake
“With its elegant prose and a cast of characters fit for any work of fiction, Blood in the Water takes us through one of the most remarkable criminal trials in the history of Nova Scotia. Silver Donald Cameron grapples with the complexities of small-town culture where history, blood, and tradition can override everything, even murder.”
—Donna Morrissey, author of The Fortunate Son
“A helluva tale, full of quirky twists and enchanting details, and told in vintage Silver Donald Cameron style. He piques your curiosity in the first paragraph and delivers a master class in storytelling. Blood in the Water is about a moral dilemma that will linger long after you turn the final page.”
—Sally Armstrong, author of Ascent of Women
“Silver Donald Cameron tells a story of community bonds under strain, and tells it with compassion and nuance. Thanks to his own ties to Cape Breton, Cameron transcends the easy ’Murder for Lobster’ headlines to reveal the grey areas of the case and the humanity of a tragic villain. His compelling account of the desperate response to that villainy, and of an imperfect legal system, deserves a place in criminal law classes, yet feels like a small-town yarn spun by the gifted raconteur next door.”
—Jacques Poitras, author of Irving vs Irving
“Silver Donald Cameron has produced a riveting account of transgression and murder in rural Nova Scotia. Shakespearean in scope, Blood in the Water rises above the true crime genre to offer powerful insights into the complexities, and the dark side, of Maritime society. It should be on the bookshelf of every Canadian who enjoys a cracking good read, and wants to better understand this country.”
—Michael Harris, author of Party Of One
“This is a truly Canadian tale told in truly Canadian voices. Read it!”
—Gail Bowen, author if the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery series
“Blood in the Water is a meticulous and engrossing telling of the behind-the-scenes story of the so-called ’Murder for Lobster’ case that stunned the tiny Acadian community of Isle Madame, Cape Breton, and generated headlines far beyond. But it is also a revealing contemplation of the close ties that can both bind or fetter small rural communities, told by a master storyteller with a deep connection to that unique place.”
—Pauline Dakin, author of the bestseller Run, Hide, Repeat
“What doesn’t this book have? It’s a small-town murder, courtroom drama, morality play, memoir and popular history all rolled into one compelling and entertaining read.”
—Ann Brocklehurst, author of Dark Ambition
“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.”
“[A] brilliant finale to an illustrious career…. [A] masterful true account of a celebrated small-town murder.”
—The Globe and Mail
“Cameron, who lived on Isle Madame for nearly 50 years…successfully weaves together courtroom drama, memoir, and an insightful exploration of people and place, capturing the complexities of Boudreau’s life and the circumstances of his death…. Cameron deftly moves from James Landry’s second-degree murder trial to Acadian language and culture, local Indigenous concepts of law, his own relationships with his neighbours, and the shortcomings of policing in rural areas.”
—Quill & Quire
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