John Gleeson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. An award-winning environmental reporter, Gleeson was city editor then editorial page editor for the Winnipeg Sun from 1997 to 2007. His opinion columns and editorials appeared in Sun Media dailies across Canada. He is currently editor of the Mountain View Gazette in Olds, Alberta, which serves the Red Deer to Calgary region. Coast Growers is his first novel.
After more than thirty years as the muckraking publisher of the Coast Chronicle on the B.C. shoreline, Albert Sloan made plenty of enemies. But when his body is found hanging in an apple grove off Settlers Road, the Mounties waste no time ruling his death a suicide. At the urging of Sloans widow, reporter Pat Ross is drawn into an investigation of Sloans last days. As the truth emerges, and even after a second high-profile death-by-apparent-suicide occurs, Pat is left to wonder: Had Albert Sloan stumbled onto the story of a lifetime, or was he simply a vindictive, defeated politician whose sordid past and giant ego finally caught up with him?