C.W. Hunt, a former history teacher, business executive, and entrepreneur, retired from business to devote his energies to writing in 1996. He has written six books on the history of the Belleville area including Booze, Boats and Billions and Gentleman Charlie and the Lady Rum Runner. He lives in Belleville, Ontario.
Whisky and Ice
During the Roaring Twenties, Ben Kerr was known as the "King of the Rumrunners." The U.S. Coast Guard put him at the top of the most-wanted list and offered a reward of $5,000. But ending up in Club Fed was not Kerrâ€™s only worry - he had to contend with Hamilton crime lords Rocco and Bessie Perri.
Whisky and Ice takes the reader back to the Prohibition era, when Canada and the United States were obsessed with "demon liquor" (not to mention the endless posturing by politicians). As Hunt aptly writes, the U.S. during Porhibition "was about as dry as the mud flats of the Mississippi at high tide."