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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > May 2017 > Bottle service

Bottle service

Trevor Cole’s new book of non-fiction introduces readers to a Canadian Al Capone


The Whisky King: The Remarkable True Story of Canada’s Most Infamous Bootlegger and the Undercover Mountie on His Trail

Trevor Cole


CANADIANS ARE SOMETIMES guilty of selling themselves short when it comes to the more colourful aspects of their country’s history. The national predilection for “peace, order, and good government” fosters the impression of a comfortably dull past devoid of excitement and upheaval, particularly when compared with the ongoing saga of revolution, civil war, and political assassination to the south. Think, for instance, of Prohibition-era gangland mayhem: the blood-soaked images that instantly spring to mind are of Chicago, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and murderous mobsters.

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