David Russell

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Freelance writer in Coquitlam, BC (about thirty minutes from Vancouver). Author of Deadly Lessons, nominated by the Crime Writers of Canada for its Arthur Ellis Awards.  Last Dance, the sequel to Deadly Lessons is now in stores. Published in Maclean's Magazine, The Tyee, The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Province, The Victoria Times Colonist, The Coquitlam Now and others.

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Last Dance is "a story about searching for a life that can sustain the soul regardless of how uphill the battle shouldn’t be."
                                       - The Hamilton Spectator
Last Dance, the long awaited sequel to Deadly Lessons, is already over a year old!
Last Dance follows Winston Patrick, struggling former lawyer-turned-teacher introduced in Deadly Lessons, as he investigates what appears to be a hate crime against one of his students. 
Last Dance is published by Dundurn Publishing of Toronto.

Latest News

Meet the Author
'Word' Vancouver Festival
(formerly known as Word on the Street Festival)
The Scene of the Crime - Panel Discussion on Crime Writing
Sunday, September 29 - 2:50 pm
Vancouver Public Library - Library Square Downtown
Alma Van Deusen Room - downstairs

Last Dance and Deadly Lessons
Now Both Available in E-Book Formats
Deadly Lessons E-Pub ISBN: 978-1-45971-692-6
Last Dance E-Pub ISBN: 978-45970-104-5

Check out the blog
Each Thursday, I publish a weekly column on writing and the writing process on "Because I Say So", the title of my blog


See pictures from the Last Dance book launch

What the reviewers are saying....

"The initially straightforward plot takes a number of surprising twists, which suggest that a simple, reprehensible hate crime may be something else entirely."
                                                                        - Publishers' Weekly

"This timely and topical mystery from Russell, whose first novel was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award, takes on gay-bashing and hate crime...This is a solid mystery with a sad message: Hate does kill."
                                          - Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

"Russell’s newest outing with series star Winston Patrick, who draws on his lawyer past to teach high school students and sleuth out criminal culprits, certainly benefitted from the extra time."
                                                - Sarah Weinman, The National Post

"It starts as a fairly straight-forward mystery and turns into something much more complicated and conflicting.  It was a book that I wanted to discuss with others."
                                                            - Lynn Farris, examiner.com

"Deftly wraps a contentious issue inside a complex and revealing, brutal but also witty, bubble of crime."
                                              - Joan Barfoot, The Toronto Sun

"...a strong mystery with a strong theme: Sexual orientation is still an issue for many people in the 21st century."
                                       - Jenni Mortin, Sasktoon Star Phoenix

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