Bearwalker Alibi

Does evil have rights? Can an old Ojibwa myth be accepted as a defense in a murder trial on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island? Dead is a sleazy young German man who came to Manitoulin to distribute Ecstasy to Great Lakes cities in the U.S. He fled Germany and his ties to Biker and Drug cultures rather than testify in a gang trial in Dresden.

The only witness is Dr. Mary Fraser, an Ojibwa. More

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About Jake Doherty

Jake Doherty came to crime writing after 40 years in journalism, not as a planned venture, but more like a great plot that unfolds with its own inner force. After one novel, and six short stories, he's most comfortable and prolific with the redemptive challenges of older men. "This I know and the theme provides the great range to explore character development and the thin line between good and evil" he says.

His first book - "The Rankin Files" published in 2002 by Ginger Press of Owen Sound, introduced Fergus Fitzgerald, the Boston-born draft dodger who came to Canada in the 70's and became a curmudgeonly recluse on the Bruce Peninsula after his Newfoundland wife died suddenly of cancer. His counter-part is Dr. Mary Fraser, an Ojibwa university professor. Prickly at times, they will re-emerge in “Bearwalker Alibi” where Fergus becomes an amateur sleuth to help Mary beat a murder rap when a young German drug dealer is murdered on Manitoulin Island.

He's quite vain about using his newspaper publishing background to co-found the Osprey Summer Mystery Series, now sponsored by SunMedia of Toronto. The 3000-word pieces were carried in all Osprey and SunMedia papers with a combined readership approaching one million.

Jake's short stories for the series include: "Rough Waters" 2003 ; "The Stonewall Sarcophagus" 2004, "The Last Ditch" 2005, "Last Bus from Barrie" 2006, Nine Holes in the Ceiling 2007 and Not a Duck 2007.

Jake and Therese Greenwood also combined to edit an anthology from the series - "Mystery Ink", published Ginger Press in 2007 to rave reviews. The Toronto Globe's and Mail’s Margaret Cannon said M! was the "perfect little book for summer reading." He is a graduate of both St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and Columbia University in New York.

Though born in New Brunswick, he now lives in Meaford near Owen Sound, and spends considerable time sitting on his deck, drinking white wine -- or a good single malt -- and watching the sun go down on Georgian Bay. Most mornings though are spent in his basement office writing and taking his direction from P.D. James's "...perennial fascination with the mystery of mortality...rights vindicated, order restored."

Jake can be reached at jmdoherty @

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