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Chris Laing is a native of Hamilton, Ontario. He worked in private business for twenty years before joining the Federal Public Service, where he served in the Department of the Secretary of State and National Museums of Canada until his retirement.
In the past few years he has expanded his long-time interest in detective stories from that of avid reader to writing in this genre. His short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. His first novel, "A Private Man", was published by Seraphim Editions in 2012 and it wasa finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. His second novel in the Max Dexter series, also set in Hamilton in the 1940’s, will be published in 2014.
"West End Kid" is a collection of short stories based loosely on his experiences growing up during World War Two.