Last Dance

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Winston Patrick was a successful lawyer who defended the downtrodden of Vancouver's criminal world. Dissatisfied with his career, he traded in the courtroom for the high school classroom. Winston is barely surviving his first year at a Vancouver high school when his students present a human rights issue. A student wants to bring his same-sex partner to the high school prom, but the school won't let him.

Winston reluctantly leads his proteges on their first legal quest: suing the...

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Last Dance: A Winston Patrick Mystery

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Winston Patrick was a successful lawyer who defended the downtrodden of Vancouver's criminal world. Dissatisfied with his career, he traded in the courtroom for the high school classroom. Winston is barely surviving his first year at a Vancouver high school when his students present a human rights issue. A student wants to bring his same-sex partner to the high school prom, but the school won't let him.

Winston reluctantly leads his proteges on their first legal quest: suing the school. He never thought that fighting for a student's rights could have deadly consequences, but as the issue gains publicity, Winston discovers that their opponents will stop at nothing to make their point not even murder.

David Russell's first Winston Patrick novel, Deadly Lessons, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Russell’s worthy sequel to 2006’s Deadly Lessons, an Arthur Ellis Award finalist, Vancouver lawyer–turned–teacher Winston Patrick must use his legal experience to help Tim Morgan, a high school student barred from bringing his same-sex partner to the prom. The lawsuit and publicity that follow bring disapproval from Winston’s superiors and harassment from gay bashers for both Tim and Winston. Worse, an unknown assailant savagely beats Tim, who later dies in a suspicious car crash. A potential target himself, Winston begins a personal investigation, only to discover that Tim had a private life he never suspected. The initially straightforward plot takes a number of surprising twists, which suggest that a simple, reprehensible hate crime may be something else entirely. Russell artfully lets Winston’s own words paint Winston as a bit self-righteous, prickly, and less discerning than Winston believes himself to be. (Jan.)
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Russell artfully lets Winstons own words paint Winston as a bit self-righteous, prickly, and less discerning than Winston believes himself to be.

Last Dance is a well written mystery. But it is more than that. It is a story about searching for a life that can sustain the soul regardless of how uphill the battle should be.

This is a solid mystery with a sad message: Hate does kill.

It was a book that I wanted to discuss with others and see what they thought about it. This would be an excellent book for a book club.

The first-person narrative, realistic dialogue and accessible cast create an engaging intimacy to this fast-paced social commentary.

deftly wraps a contentious issue inside a complex and revealing, burtal but also witty, bubble of crime.

Russell has created some interesting characters and set them solidly in todays Vancouver.

Hamilton Spectator
Last Dance is a well written mystery. But it is more than that. It is a story about searching for a life that can sustain the soul regardless of how uphill the battle should be.
The Globe and Mail
This is a solid mystery with a sad message: Hate does kill.
Examiner.com
It was a book that I wanted to discuss with others and see what they thought about it. This would be an excellent book for a book club.
The Winnipeg Free Press
The first-person narrative, realistic dialogue and accessible cast create an engaging intimacy to this fast-paced social commentary.
The Toronto Sun
deftly wraps a contentious issue inside a complex and revealing, burtal but also witty, bubble of crime.
The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
Russell has created some interesting characters and set them solidly in todays Vancouver.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926607283
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Series: A Winston Patrick Mystery Series , #2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.91 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

David Russell is a long-time member of the arts community in Vancouver. He has worked on stage and television, including performing as a company member with the Vancouver TheatreSports League for more than 15 years. Russell has written freelance for a number of publications, including Maclean's, Vancouver's Sun and Province, the award-winning online news site The Tyee, and others. He lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

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