February 6th 2021

The late, great Christopher Plummer -- and the role he played in my film of Mindfield

photo: Plummer with Brian Dennehy in Inherit the Wind on Broadway

I felt deeply honoured (and a little blown away) when the great Christopher Plummer agreed to play a major role in my screenplay adaptation of Mindfield, my 1990s thriller inspired by the CIA-sponsored mind control program secretly run out of Montreal.

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December 26th 2020

A View from Above

A twenty-minute uphill climb from our home rewards with this view of the Salish Sea and the Gulf Islands, with an arbutus tree hogging the stage.

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November 18th 2020

“Riveting. The courtroom scenes are brilliant." –– Beverley McLachlin, 17th Chief Justice of Canada

Arthur Beauchamp takes on the most explosive trial of his career: the defence of seven boisterous environmentalists accused of sabotaging a plant in Ontario that pumps out a pesticide that has led to the mass deaths of honeybees. The story zigzags between Toronto, where the trial takes place, and Arthur's West Coast island home where he finds himself arrested for fighting his own environmental cause: the threatened destruction of a popular park. The Toronto trial concludes with a tense, hang-by-the-fingernails jury verdict. The story is told from points of view of Arthur and a vibrant young woman activist and a tough, cynical OPP Inspector. Throughout, Arthur struggles to save his marriage.

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November 17th 2020

Re-issued this year, my satirical take on two genres: thriller and whodunit

"A bitingly funny whodunit." Maclean's

"Kill All the Lawyers is clever, amusing, laced with black humour and viciously accurate depictions of lawyers and judges." Toronto Star.

And a 2020 review squib from the New York Journal of Books:

“Filled with biting wit and smart dialogue, with a twist of an ending the diehard mystery reader won’t see coming—and an epilogue featuring the most ironic surprise of all.”

Here's a thoughtful review by the late, great Robin Skelton, one of Canada's foremost poets and teachers of literature:

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