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    DescriptionNorman "Red" Ryan was a notorious bank robber, safecracker, and killer. He escaped from Kingston Penitentiary twice - first by force, and then years later by gulling the credulous into believing that he was "reformed." The dupes of Ryan's second emancipation included the prison's Roman Catholic chaplain, several nationally prominent citizens, the country's largest newspaper, and, ultimately, R.B. Bennett, the prime minister of Canada, who made the mistake of arranging a "political parole" for Ryan. Six people - three of them innocent victims - died as a result of Red Ryan's freedom. Dubbed "the Jesse James of Canada" and "Canada's most notorious criminal," Ryan had compiled a record of nineteen convictions for crimes of theft and violence, and had been in nine shooting affrays with police and citizens. He was a "lifer" in an era when "life" meant just that. Yet he got out of Kingston after just eleven and a half years and returned to Toronto, the city of his birth, amid fanfare befitting a national hero. His death in a liquor store robbery in Sarnia on May 23, 1936, just ten months after his release, was a huge jolt to Canada, and especially Toronto. How could such an obvious threat to society be paroled from prison as a paragon of reform? This question is central to The Big Red Fox. The answer lies not with Ryan himself - not even the cunning and deceitful Red Ryan could have hoodwinked his way out of a life sentence - but with those who helped him, and who benefited from his release. McSherry's checkered career has equipped him with an extraordinary insight into the street, crime, and criminals. He has been a high school teacher, a truck driver, a taxi driver, and a freelance writer. The Big Red Fox is the product of McSherry's many years of research and his lifetime of interest in Norman "Red" Ryan.


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    Title
    The Big Red Fox
    Subtitle
    The Incredible Story of Norman "Red" Ryan, Canada's Most Notoroius Criminal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter McSherry
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 226
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781550023244
    ISBN 10: 1550023241
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBC
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 02
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: NC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET034
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CANADN
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    BISAC V2.8: LAW027000, TRU000000
    B&T Approval Code: C39208200
    DC21: 364.1552092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO024000, BIO006000, HIS006000, LAW026020
    DC22: 364.15/52/092
    BISAC region code: 4.0.2.0.0.0.0
    LC classification: HV6653.R93 M37 1999
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    LC classification: 00304777
    Thema V1.0: DNB, DNXC, NHK, LNFX, LNFX1
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBC
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Dundurn Group Ltd
    Imprint name
    Dundurn Group Ltd
    Publication date
    01 October 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Toronto
    Author Information
    Peter McSherry's checkered career has equipped him with an extraordinary insight into the street, crime, and criminals. He has been a high school teacher, a truck driver, a taxi driver, and a freelance writer. The Big Red Fox is the product of McSherry's many years of research and his lifetime of interest in Norman "Red" Ryan.
    Review quote
    "... a valuable addition to the annals of true crime." -- Jack Batten -- The Toronto Star, 19991219