A Daughter’s Deadly Deception


2017 Arthur Ellis Award, Best Nonfiction Book — Winner
A sinister plot by a young woman left her mother dead and her father riddled with bullets.

From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life. The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto. But there was a dark, deceptive side to the angelic young woman.

In reality, Jennifer spent her days in the arms of her high school sweetheart, Daniel. In an attempt to lead the life she dreamed of, she would do almost anything: lie about her whereabouts, forge school documents, and invent fake jobs and a fictitious apartment. For many years she led this double life. But when her father discovered her web of lies, his ultimatum was severe. And so, too, was her revenge: a plan that culminated in cold-blooded murder. And it almost worked, except for one bad shot.

The story of Jennifer Pan is one of all-consuming love and devious betrayal that led to a cold-hearted plan hatched by a group of youths who thought they could pull off the perfect crime.


Arthur Ellis Award, Best Nonfiction Book


A psychological thriller that is not so much a whodunit as a how-done-it and why-done-it.

South China Morning Post

The book is pure story: chronological, downhill, fast.

Globe and Mail

A hair-raising and revealing account of this harrowing case.

Crime Traveller

Jeremy Grimaldi has taken his place as one of Canada's premier true crime authors.

Kidnapping, Murder, and Mayhem

About the Author

Jeremy Grimaldi

Posted by Dundurn Guest on January 19, 2016
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Jeremy Grimaldi

Jeremy Grimaldi is a journalist who has travelled through forty countries and worked in both Canada and the UK. He is currently the Crime and Justice Reporter for YorkRegion.com. While working as a court reporter, he covered the Jennifer Pan story for ten months. He lives in Toronto.