The Boy

The Boy

eBook - 2011
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"As Betty Jane Hegerat struggles with a new piece of fiction, she recalls an infamous murder case that shares many similarities with the story she is proposing to write. Fifty years after the trial of Robert Raymond Cook, Hegerat re-examines the evidence from the grisly crime for which the accused received the death penalty. She is both repulsed and intrigued. Did Cook commit the murders? And, if so, what possessed the young man to murder his entire family - his father, stepmother and half-siblings? In The Boy Hegerat's fiction and Cook's story become entwined. The author and her narrator engage in a dialogue that explores what drives a young boy to murder, and what ultimately constitutes reality and fiction."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Fernie, B.C. : Oolichan Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780889825758
0889825750
Characteristics: 1 online resource (280 p.)

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LPL_AdultServices Jul 12, 2011

Quote taken from the Globe and Mail book review by Lynda Grace Philippsen.
"A fiction writer whose work focuses on ordinary people, Betty Jane Hegerat has come out with "the Boy", a compelling, beautifully written, two-part narrative that sweeps the reader into the interwoven tales."
Hegerat alternates between fiction and nonfiction as she writes of the tense, fearful relationship between a stepmother and stepson and investigates the history of the last man hanged in Alberta, Robert Raymond Cook. He was found guilty of murdering his father, stepmother, and five half-siblings, but a closer investigation of the past suggests he may not have committed the murders. A book of difficult questions and unspoken fear "the Boy" explores broken relationships and what could drive a young boy to murder.

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