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Shadow of Doubt

Shadow of Doubt

336 pages
Published:   October 18, 2016
Non-Fiction  /  True Crime
Paperback:   9780864929211    $19.95

Winner, New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award

On July 6, 2011, Richard Oland, scion of the Moosehead brewing family, was murdered in his office. The brutal killing stunned the city of Saint John, and news of the crime reverberated across the country. In a shocking turn, and after a two-and-half-year police investigation, Oland's only son, Dennis, was arrested for second-degree murder.

CBC reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon covered the Oland case from the beginning. In Shadow of Doubt, she examines the controversial investigation: from the day Richard Oland's battered body was discovered to the conclusion of Dennis Oland's trial, including the hotly debated verdict and its aftermath. Meticulously examining the evidence, MacKinnon vividly reconstructs the cases for both the prosecution and the defence. She delves into the Oland history, exploring the strained relationships, infidelities, and financial problems that, according to the Crown, provided motives for murder.

Shadow of Doubt is a revealing look at a sensational crime, the tribulations of a prominent family, and the inner workings of the justice system that led to Dennis Oland's contentious conviction.
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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon is a reporter and web editor for the CBC, and worked previously at the Toronto Star and the Telegraph-Journal (Saint John). She has been a finalist for a National Newspaper Award and three Atlantic Journalism Awards, including one for her early reporting on the Richard Oland murder in 2011. This is her first book.


Winner: New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction
Shortlisted: Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award


"Shadow of Doubt is a fast-paced account of one of the most sensational murder trials in recent history. Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon covered the case from start to finish and loads her story with new details and revealing anecdotes, briskly sketching how a family soap opera turned to tragedy. For Oland trial junkies, this is the big, satisfying hit they've been waiting for — by the only journalist who could have told the story so compellingly." — Jacques Poitras

"Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon's Shadow of Doubt provides a fly-on-the-wall viewpoint to one of Canada's most sensational murder cases. The reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride from the crime scene to the grieving family to the cops, the Crown, and the jury trial. It's an epic tale that both engages and teaches — Canada's criminal justice system with all its twists and turns is in full view right from crime to verdict." — Kevin Donovan

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