The White Angel

by John MacLachlan Gray | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781771621465 Global Overview for this book
Registered by monnibo of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on 4/14/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by monnibo from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, April 14, 2024
Vancouver is in an uproar over the death by gunshot of a Scottish nanny, Janet Stewart. An almost deliberately ham-handed police investigation has Constable Hook suspecting a cover-up. The powerful United Council of Scottish Societies is demanding an inquiry. The killing has become a political issue with an election not far away.

The city is buzzing with rumours. Miss Stewart's fellow nannies have accused the Chinese houseboy of murder, capitalizing on a wave of anti-Chinese propaganda led by the Asian Exclusion League and enthusiastically supported by the sensational press--not to mention the Ku Klux Klan, which has taken up residence in upperclass Shaughnessy.

The White Angel is a work of fiction inspired by the cold case of Janet Smith, who, on July 26, 1924, was found dead in her employer's posh Shaughnessy Heights mansion. A dubious investigation led to the even more dubious conclusion that Smith died by suicide. After a public outcry, the case was re-examined and it was decided that Smith was in fact murdered; but no one was ever convicted, though suspects abounded--from an infatuated Chinese houseboy to a drug-smuggling ring, devil-worshippers from the United States, or perhaps even the Prince of Wales. For Vancouver, the killing created a situation analogous to lifting a large flat rock to expose the creatures hiding underneath.

An exploration of true crime through a literary lens, The White Angel draws an artful portrait of Vancouver in 1924 in all its opium-hazed, smog-choked, rain-soaked glory--accurate, insightful and darkly droll.

Journal Entry 2 by monnibo at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, April 14, 2024
Did not finish. I made it 80 pages and gave up. Did not find the characters compelling (nearly all white males) and the racist and sexist language (although historically accurate) was used gratuitously rather than when necessary.

Left in the book box!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Maple Ridge, British Columbia Canada on Friday, April 19, 2024
Picked it up at Blenz and look forward to the story.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Maple Ridge, British Columbia Canada on Friday, April 26, 2024
It's too bad the previous reader have up on the book. Having now read it I found it got better as it went on. It read like a British TV show with sarcasm, off color humor and an obvious racist tone as set in that time period. While not a page turner like most crime mysteries, it was still worth reading. Next destination for this book unknown.

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