Is delivering a swift death really a higher calling? Or is it just government-sanctioned murder? John Radclive hates being called Hangman. He is no murderous thug; he is a highly trained executioner who relies on science to bring God's mercy to condemned criminals. As Canada's first official executioner, he revels in the salary, status and perks that come with the job. In his off hours, he enjoys masquerading as Thomas Ratley, ma tre d' at Toronto's prestigious Sunnyside Rowing Club where he secretly sneers at the hypocricy of the Canadian elite. But dispensing mercy presumes that the condemned are guilty. The more convicted felons he meets, the more Radclive begins to question the Canadian justice system and his role within it--perhaps he is a hangman after all.
About the Author
A resident of Vancouver, Julie Burtinshaw is an award-winning author who wrote her first novel in 2000, and has been a full time writer since 2007. The author of seven books for young adults and teens, Julie also teaches creative writing workshops and is an active participant in the writing community. She has served as a judge for the BC Book Awards, Red Cedar Awards, Illinois Women's Press Association Communications and mentored many emerging writers. Hangman is her first work of creative non-fiction.