David Russell is a long-time member of the arts community in Vancouver. He has worked on stage and television, including performing as a company member with the Vancouver TheatreSports League for more than 15 years. Russell has written freelance for a number of publications, including Maclean's, Vancouver's Sun and Province, the award-winning online news site The Tyee, and others.
Winston Patrick reluctantly leads some kids in suing their school when a same-sex partner is refused entry to the prom, but opponents will stop at nothing to make their point, not even murder.
Winston Patrick was a successful lawyer who defended the downtrodden of Vancouverâ€™s criminal world. Dissatisfied with his career, he traded in the courtroom for the high school classroom. Winston is barely surviving his first year at a Vancouver high school when his students present a human rights issue. A student wants to bring his same-sex partner to the high school prom, but the school wonâ€™t let him.
Winston reluctantly leads his proteges on their first legal quest: suing the school. He never thought that fighting for a studentâ€™s rights could have deadly consequences, but as the issue gains publicity, Winston discovers that their opponents will stop at nothing to make their point not even murder.
David Russellâ€™s first Winston Patrick novel, Deadly Lessons, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel.
Russell artfully lets Winstons own words paint Winston as a bit self-righteous, prickly, and less discerning than Winston believes himself to be.
Last Dance is a well written mystery. But it is more than that. It is a story about searching for a life that can sustain the soul regardless of how uphill the battle should be.
This is a solid mystery with a sad message: Hate does kill.
It was a book that I wanted to discuss with others and see what they thought about it. This would be an excellent book for a book club.
The first-person narrative, realistic dialogue and accessible cast create an engaging intimacy to this fast-paced social commentary.
deftly wraps a contentious issue inside a complex and revealing, burtal but also witty, bubble of crime.
Russell has created some interesting characters and set them solidly in todays Vancouver.