The White Angel

The White Angel

A Mystery

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
1
Vancouver is in an uproar over the death by gunshot of a Scottish nanny, Janet Stewart. An almost deliberately ham-handed police investigation has Constable Hook suspecting a cover-up. The powerful United Council of Scottish Societies is demanding an inquiry. The killing has become a political issue with an election not far away. The city is buzzing with rumours. Miss Stewart's fellow nannies have accused the Chinese houseboy of murder, capitalizing on a wave of anti-Chinese propaganda led by the Asian Exclusion League and enthusiastically supported by the sensational press-- not to mention the Ku Klux Klan, which has taken up residence in upperclass Shaughnessy. A work of fiction inspired by the cold case of Janet Smith, who, on July 26, 1924, was found dead in her employer's posh Shaughnessy Heights mansion. A dubious investigation led to the even more dubious conclusion that Smith died by suicide. After a public outcry, the case was re-examined and it was decided that Smith was in fact murdered; but no one was ever convicted, though suspects abounded-- from an infatuated Chinese houseboy to a drug-smuggling ring, devil-worshippers from the United States, or perhaps even the Prince of Wales. For Vancouver, the killing created a situation analogous to lifting a large flat rock to expose the creatures hiding underneath. An exploration of true crime through a literary lens, The White Angel draws an artful portrait of Vancouver in 1924 in all its opium-hazed, smog-choked, rain-soaked glory-- accurate, insightful and darkly droll.
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, [2017]
ISBN: 9781771621465
177162146X
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 24 cm

Opinion

From Library Staff

Vancouver noir brought to life in this fictionalized account of the infamous 1924 Janet Smith murder.

It really brings Vancouver history to life.

It is a fictionalized account of the 1924 Janet Smith Murder

John creates engaging characters, set against the backdrop

Of a racially divided pioneer city of Vancouver, where police dress up as KKK

And kidnap Chinese houseboy, Wong Foon Sing... Read More »


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

v
vancouverville
Jan 26, 2018

I really enjoyed this book with it's detailed description of Vancouver in 1924. The characters, all products of the time they were living in, were well developed.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at VPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top