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  • 06/2017
  • 9781546969716
  • 216 pages
  • $12.95
Joe Ralko
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The Devil's Gap: The Untold Story of Canada's First Suicide Bomber
Joe Ralko, author
In today’s world, suicide bombers have become frighteningly common. Almost every day we hear of another atrocity committed in the name of hatred or chaos. It hasn’t always been that way. When Paul Higgins walked into the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Kenora, Ontario, few people had even heard of a suicide bomber. In this summer tourism mecca on the north shore of Lake of the Woods nothing dangerous ever happened. Then, Higgins rigged himself up to a bomb with a Dead Man’s Switch, and everything changed on the Thursday before Mother's Day in 1973. Author Joe Ralko is finally telling the story of Paul Higgins, the bank, the town, the bomb, and what happened next. As a high school student, he watched everything go down. Ralko combines this eyewitness account with historical research to examine the who and the why of Canada’s first suicide bomber. Ralko grew up in Kenora, Ontario, and became an acclaimed journalist and successful author.
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Customer Review on amazon.com

5.0 out of 5 stars

Gripping read that happens to be historical.

By Richard Adamsonon July 10, 2017

Format: Paperback

A great read.
Has all the local colour details and specifics to take the reader to the time and place that I expect to see in a local history, but when I opened the box and got a few chapters in, I found a well-written, gripping 'novel' that really happened.
Absolutely great first book from Joe Ralko. Well researched & written.

Customer Review on amazon.com

Fascinating account of a crime mystery set in western Ontario, Canada.

ByLaura Haggartyon July 28, 2017

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

A fast-paced read about the first suicide bomber in Canada, a mystery from 1973 which remains unsolved. The author, who was actually present at the event, spent years researching the details behind this puzzling mystery man who decided seemingly for no known reason to rob a bank in a smallish town in northwestern Ontario. The book gathers a multitude of data to present a clear picture of what occurred, but we still don't know the actual identity of the bomber or why he did what he did. Well worth the read.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 06/2017
  • 9781546969716
  • 216 pages
  • $12.95

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