True crime, true north: the golden age of Canadian pulp magazines

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Raincoast Books, Feb 14, 2005 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 111 pages
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This lively book takes a loving look at the Canadian true crime pulps of the World War II era - their bold, brassy covers, spicy advertisements, and stories of murder, robbery, sex, and violence. With vivid archival images of both magazine covers and ads, True Crime, True North examines the themes that characterized the genre in Canada: the unquestioned adherence to retributive justice, the unwavering faith in lawmen, and the enduring affection for Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The authors also trace pulp writers' preoccupation with jealousy and betrayal, the deadly consequences of greed, and the growing menace of "sex fiends."

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Strange has written extensively about the history of murder and capital punishment in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. She, along with others, coordinated a project on prison history tourism at Robben Island, Port Arthur, and Alcatraz. Much of her work has focussed on the sometimes-courious connections between crime and popular culture. She teaches criminal justice history at the University of Toronto.

Tina Loo is a professor of history at the University of British Columbia.