Wednesday, 8 February 2012

O Canada - Where Are Your Legal Thrillers?

A thought struck me last weekend. If Hatred, Ridicule and Contempt is available via the Kindle Direct pages on Amazon UK, USA, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, what about Amazon Canada? A quick search on revealed no sign of Kindle Direct whatsoever, and a general search for explanations on the KDP forums produced nothing easily understandable. Well, it could be just as easy to use the USA site, but I would not be at all surprised if this was rather annoying to the average Canadian e-book reader.

It left me with another mystery to solve. Are there any Canadian writers of legal thrillers? Another search today, and I had unearthed the name of Robert Rotenberg. This looked all the more promising when I had found out that his books “The Guilty Plea” and “Old City Hall” were based in Toronto, a city that I have never visited but certainly intend to see one day. Any self respecting Rush fan of over 30 years’ standing would surely want to do so.

One quick flick through the opening chapter of The Guilty Plea (thanks to the link on A Bookworm’s World) and I was convinced. It’s now on my Kindle ready for the next holiday in 5 weeks’ time. And the question comprising the theme of my thread had been answered.

What better way, in conclusion, to link the e-publishing boom and the ever expanding information superhighway that made it all possible for e-book authors - and indeed bloggers - than to invoke a Neil Peart lyrical excerpt from Virtuality, from Rush's 1996 Test For Echo album: -

Net boy, net girl
Send your signal round the world
Let your fingers walk and talk
And set you free
Net boy, net girl
Send your impulse round the world
Put your message in a modem
And throw it in the Cyber Sea

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