Ross Mackay, Saga of a Brilliant Criminal Lawyer


BY JACK BATTEN, Book 6 in the True Cases Series

Full  title of the book is
Ross Mackay, The Saga of a Brilliant Criminal Lawyer: And his Big Losses and Bigger Wins in Court and in Life.

For people who love Perry Mason courtroom dramas and the criminal subculture of Better Call Saul, Ross Mackay, The Saga of a Brilliant Criminal Lawyer is great fit. Two murder trials were held in Toronto in the spring of 1962, only nineteen days apart. The accused man in each trial, one a pimp accused of stabbing a fellow pimp to death, the other a thief who killed a policeman in a shootout, were the last two men to be hanged in Canada. Toronto criminal lawyer Ross Mackay was the counsel for the accused in both trials, a mere thirty years old when he lost them both to the gallows. But the trials were far from the last times that Mackay defended accused murderers in the most horrendous circumstances. Author Jack Batten tells the story of Mackay’s dedication to the maxim that every man is entitled to a defence — a story of Mackay’s courage and the harsh penalties he paid for the daring and controversial choices he made in life and in the courtroom. View excerpts  >>

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Keywords: defence lawyer, lawyer, attorney, true cases, criminal law, courtroom, Toronto, murder

Praise for Jack Batten's books about the law

“Batten has marshaled a vivid and entertaining cast of characters. He holds up a mirror to Canadian society.” —Toronto Star

In Court
“A fascinating panorama of anecdotes, witticisms, and action-packed courtroom drama.” —Calgary Herald

On Trial
“Batten does a job of stripping away the arcana of the law and revealing its humanity.” ­—The Globe and Mail


Info about the book

DURVILE Imprint of Durvile Publications
TRU010000 TRUE CRIME / Historical
Book Six in the True Cases Series
6” x 9” | 288 pages
ISBN 9781988824390 (Trade Paperback)
E-book TBA | Audio 978-1-988824-51-2
Price: $35.00 in Canada, $29.95 in US
Book release date, September 1, 2020

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Booksellers: Order through University of Toronto (UTP)   

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