Fast-paced, gripping and rich with historical detail, Man in the Shadows builds on the historical record to illuminate one of the most dramatic times in Canadian history
In 1867, three British colonies became the four provinces of the new Dominion of Canada. Among the Fathers of Confederation was D’Arcy McGee, a fiery former Irish nationalist and friend of John A. Macdonald. As the fledgling country was forming, its security was threatened by the Fenian Brotherhood, a group of Irish republicans that advocated a forcible takeover of Canada by the United States.
In this historical novel, Gordon Henderson imagines a cross-border plot to assassinate key Canadian political figureswith complicity at the highest levels of the U.S. governmentin an attempt to destabilize the new country. We follow the fictional Conor O’Dea, a young Irish Catholic with political aspirations, who is the assistant to D’Arcy McGee. O’Dea becomes romantically involved with a young Protestant woman, which provokes upset and violence. When McGee is assassinated by a Fenian sympathizeror so everyone believesO’Dea takes it upon himself to discover the real assassin, and to prevent the prime minister of Canada, Sir John himself, from being the next victim.
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About the Author
GORDON HENDERSON is a television documentary producer whose company, 90th Parallel Productions, specializes in history, science and documentaries with social impact. He has worked as a parliamentary correspondent, has produced network current affairs programming and was a senior series producer on the CBC/Radio-Canada series Canada: A People’s History. For more than a decade, he was an instructor with the journalism department at Toronto’s Ryerson University. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Pam. They have three grown children.