Last Dance

Last Dance

Book - 2012
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Winston Patrick reluctantly leads some kids in suing their school when a same-sex partner is refused entry to the prom, but opponents will stop at nothing to make their point, not even murder.

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.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2012
ISBN: 9781926607283
Branch Call Number: M RUS
Characteristics: 423 p. ;,21 cm


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StratfordLibrary Mar 02, 2015

"Enjoyed it - related to personal life experiences." - Blind Date With a Book 2015 comment

Dec 23, 2013

C'est le 2e livre de David Russell que je lis avec avidité. C'est très bien écrit et rempli d'humour. L'auteur est canadien (Vancouver) donc dans mes cordes.
L'histoire est celle-ci:
It wasn't supposed to be this way. Winston Patrick gave up practicing law for what he thought would be the more sedate life of teaching high school.
But when Tim, a student, can't take his same-sex partner to the prom, Winston leads his students in a lawsuit to reverse the school's ruling - and in doing so unleashes intolerance that leads to Tim being killed.
Obsessed with finding Tim's killer, Winston uncovers Tim's secret life, and a host of people with motive for wanting him dead. A hate crime or crime of passion? And can Winston find out before the killer makes him the next target?

Jul 13, 2013

A lawyer turned teacher who joins the fight to have a gay student be allowed to invite his date to the prom despite the protestations of the school vice principal and the community. Eventually, the student winds up dead and someone tries to destroy the life of the teacher. Good read; I was really involved 2/3rds of the way into the the book and ending not so much. All in all recommendable.

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