Re: RARA-AVIS: Canadian Noir

From: Sandra Ruttan (
Date: 12 Apr 2007

Unfortunately Mark, I made one other big mistake: RCMP. With all of the developments in the past year alone it would be easier to sell now ­ there¹s been more media focus on RCMP corruption, officers convicted of murder, etc.

Don¹t get me wrong ­ I have a lot of respect for the RCMP. When I researched the book I worked directly with the top canine trainers in the country, as I live near one of the training centers. And these were the guys who were called in at Mayerthorpe when four Mounties were gunned down in rural Alberta. My husband¹s responsibilities with the fire department have him dealing with the local RCMP on a semi-regular basis.

Of course, that just contributes to my charming disposition, because I hear what¹s going on.

The thing is, no organization or country comprised of human beings is perfect, or noir-exempt. Kerry rightly points to the Stonechild case is Saskatoon.

The ms isn¹t professionally edited but if you ever want to read it I¹ll send you a print out.

Cheers, Sandra

On 4/12/07 4:51 PM, "" <> wrote:
> Damn, Sandra, that sound like a book I'd like to read. Out of
> curiosity, do you think it would have flown if set in a fictional town
> not specifcally identified as Canadian, like McBain's Isola? Of course
> your postmark would have still given you away.
> Mark

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