AN ACT OF INJUSTICE – A Novel
by Ray Argyle
(To be published April 2017 by Mosaic Press. Following is from Publisher’s web site.)
A bride, a groom, and a lover. Each with secrets from their past that when exposed, will change their lives forever. One will die, another will hang, and the survivor will begin an obsessive twenty-year odyssey to discover the truth.
Three people caught up in the harsh class differences and religious and racial prejudices of Victorian Canada, where a vast new territory – the “Queen’s Bush” – is being opened to settlement in Ontario’s Georgian Bay country.
Inspired by the true lives of Rosannah Leppard and Cook Teets, real people who lived and loved, An Act of Injustice follows disgruntled newspaperman Leonard Babington in a combination courtroom drama, murder mystery, and a meditation on the moral malaise of Victorian Canada. His obsession to find the killer plunges him into the labyrinth world of Ottawa power politics, the salons of a smug and self-satisfied “Toronto the Good,” and the licentiousness of the city’s Insane Asylum.
Ray Argyle achieves literary distinction and storytelling mastery in this Canadian historical novel that brings the urgency of today’s headlines to the struggle for romance, justice and equality in a young Canada making its way into the 20th
Ray Argyle has been a journalist, publishing executive, and communications consultant. His books include biographies of Free French leader Charles de Gaulle; American ragtime musician Scott Joplin; Canada’s last Father of Confederation, Joey Smallwood; and Edward Mallandaine, the “boy in the picture” of the driving of the Last Spike of the CPR.
Ray has worked as a journalist with United Press International, the Regina Leader-Post and the Toronto Telegram. He founded Argyle Communications Inc. and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ont., and the Scarborough (Toronto) Board of Education. He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
See also Publisher’s website: Mosaic Press