Reasonable Cause to Suspect - Dundurn

Reasonable Cause to Suspect

A Mother's Ordeal to Save Her Son from a Kurdish Prison

Published February 2023


In a story of deceit, betrayal, and injustice, two parents are tried as terrorists for attempting to rescue their son from a Syrian war zone.

On September 2, 2014, Jack Letts, an idealistic eighteen-year-old British Canadian, phoned his mother saying, “Mum, I’m in Syria.” Those chilling words from a raging war zone set in train his family’s eight-year-long battle to rescue Jack from his disastrous mistake.

When an unscrupulous journalist invented the term “Jihadi Jack,” a false image of Jack spread throughout the world. Sally and John, Jack’s parents, faced the mammoth task of persuading a hostile public that their son was the victim of a smear campaign. He should, they argued, at least be allowed home to face a fair trial to address the claims against him.

But the Canadian and British governments had other plans. Jack is currently detained in a Kurdish prison, while the Canadian government claims it doesn’t know if he is alive or dead. This is his parents’ story of their painful struggle to persuade the world to save the son they love.



Sally Lane

Sally Lane and her husband, John Letts, were prosecuted in the U.K. under terrorism legislation for trying to help their son escape a war zone. They were given a suspended sentence of fifteen months in 2019. Sally now lives in Ottawa.

Book Details

February 2023
5.5x8.5 in
360 pp
February 2023
360 pp
February 2023
360 pp