Grey County's most famous murder trial is at the centre of a novel to be launched on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm in the Library Auditorium.
"An Act of Injustice" is set during the heyday of Owen Sound as the gateway to Western Canada. It deals with the 1884 hanging of Cook Teets for the murder of Rosannah Leppard, and follows disgruntled newspaperman Leonard Babington from Grey County to Ottawa and Toronto in a 20-
year odyssey to solve the crime.
"The trial of Cook Teets was one of the first to raise serious questions about failings in Canada's justice system," Argyle says. "My fictional treatment imagines how the main characters reacted to death and betrayal, and to the intolerance of Victorian Canada toward minorities and those not part of the privileged class."
Argyle spent seven years researching the book and interviewing descendants of people involved in the case, including a great grandniece of Rosannah Leppard. Argyle is a former journalist and a biographer of several world-famous figures. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Join us for a talk about the book and a signing afterwards. This is a free event, no registration required.