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Dead Man in Paradisee: Unraveling a Murder from a Time of Revolution

MacKinnon, J.B.

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ISBN 10: 1595581812 / ISBN 13: 9781595581815
Published by The New Press, 2005
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First printing. Writer and journalist MacKinnon investigates the 50-year-old murder of his uncle, then a priest in the Dominican Republic. Winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. Unread, as new in like DJ. 261 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 12635

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Title: Dead Man in Paradisee: Unraveling a Murder ...

Publisher: The New Press

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition.

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At nightfall on June 22, 1965, amid the turmoil of the Dominican revolution and U.S. military occupation, a soldier emerged from the outskirts of a small town to report that he had just shot and killed two policemen and an outspoken Catholic priest. It’s the opening scene in a mystery that, forty years later, compels writer J.B. MacKinnon—the priest’s nephew, born five years after the incident—to visit the island nation for himself. Beginning with scant official information, he embarks on a chilling investigation of what many believe was a carefully plotted assassination—and on a search for the uncle he never knew.

Winner of Canada’s highest award for literary nonfiction, Dead Man in Paradise takes MacKinnon to corners of the country far from the Caribbean paradise seen by millions of tourists; he meets with former revolutionaries and shadowy generals from the era of dictatorship, family members of the slain policemen, and struggling Dominicans for whom the dead priest is a martyr, perhaps even a saint. Along the way, he uncovers a story inseparable from the brutal history of the New World, from the fallout of American invasion, and from the pure longing for social justice that once touched a generation. Part memoir, part travelogue, part mystery thriller, Dead Man in Paradise is “a testament to the enduring virtues of literary journalism” (The Georgia Straight).

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J.B. MacKinnon is an independent journalist whose feature reportage on issues ranging from African prisons to anarchism in America has won three National Magazine Awards. He is the co-author (with Alisa Smith) of Plenty and lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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