2 Novels of Dramatized History: In the Shadow of the Assassin + Duel

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2 Novels of Dramatized History: In the Shadow of the Assassin + Duel

2 Novels of Dramatized History: In the Shadow of the Assassin + Duel

David Mulholland SKU: 2novelsDavidMulholland
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April 7, 1868, Ottawa, Ontario, Dominion of Canada


Around 2:30 a.m., following a late night sitting in the House of Commons, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, MP for the riding of Montreal West, is waiting for Mary Ann Trotter to open the locked door of her Sparks Street Boarding House when someone comes up behind him and shoots him in the back of the head.


Shortly after 6:00 a.m., blacksmith Pat Byrne is opening his Metcalfe Street shop when a rider pulls up with news of the assassination.


Growing up in Howth, a village near Dublin, Byrne has been following McGee’s chequered career. Now, with the Ottawa police investigating, and visitors to his smithy speculating on rumours as to whom the assassin might be, he recalls McGee’s part, his own, and the Fenian Brotherhood’s numerous attempts to repeal the 1801 Act of Union with Britain and return Ireland to an independent country.


Those memories are intertwined with his courtship and amorous marriage to Caitlin, a free-spirited midwife whose ideas about Irish independence⎯and marriage⎯often clash with his own.

David Mulholland’s fourth novel of dramatized history asks the question: Who assassinated Canada’s youngest Father of Confederation?


Much has been written about the duel between John Wilson and Robert Lyon that took place in Perth, Ontario on June 13, 1833. But apparently not all has been revealed. Author Mulholland claims to have uncovered an account written fifty years after this fatal encounter.

The day before the duel, Lyon agreed to apologize for assaulting Wilson if the latter would acknowledge that the letter he had sent from Bytown (Ottawa) was not intended to denigrate Lyon’s character. But on the morning of the duel, Lyon reneged on his promise. It’s believed that Lyon’s Second, Henry Lelievre, convinced him to meet Wilson on the Field of Honour. But is that what really happened? The answer lies within.

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