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Five Star Review From Fellow Crime Writer

Posted on July 5, 2019

By Nate Hendley

Crime writer Dean Jobb has posted a five-star review of The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction on Goodreads.

Here is the review: “Toronto crime writer and journalist Nate Hendley exposes Ron Moffatt’s never-before-told story of wrongful conviction and injustice. As a teenager in the 1950s, Moffatt confessed to murdering a child he had never met – scared and intimidated, he agreed with his interrogators as they walked him through his ‘crime.’

He spent almost a year in custody before the real murderer was caught. Moffatt has never received an apology for his mistreatment, let alone monetary compensation for an ordeal that derailed his life for years.

Hendley tells this important and disturbing story with objectivity and restraint, letting the facts speak for themselves as the reader’s sense of outrage builds.”

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt in Toronto. It can be purchased at Chapters-Indigo, Amazon and directly through publisher, Five Rivers.  

Jobb is the acclaimed author of the book, Empire of Deception.

Click here to see the review at Goodreads.   


Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York Now Available as Audio-Book

Posted on July 2, 2019

By Nate Hendley

My book, Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York, is now available as an audio-book.

An eccentric loner, Schultz rose to power through bootlegging, restaurant extortion and the numbers racket. He was shot in a New Jersey restaurant in 1935 along with three other cronies, dying shortly thereafter in hospital.

Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York was narrated and produced by John Campagna.

The audio production runs three hours and 18 minutes and can be purchased at Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

Two of my other books, about Al Capone and wrongly convicted small-town Ontario teenager Steven Truscott are also available as audio-books. Click here for details.


New Film Takes Police Perspective in Hunt for Bonnie and Clyde

Posted on June 14, 2019

By Nate Hendley

I recently watched, The Highwaymen on Netflix.

This new film focuses on the hunt for bandits Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s, as led by former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer (played by Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (played by Woody Harrelson).

Taut and well-made, The Highwaymen is an excellent corrective to Arthur Penn’s wildly popular 1967 movie, Bonnie and Clyde, which depicted the duo as glamorous scofflaws with a Robin Hood mentality.

In real-life, Bonnie and Clyde were a pair of murderous sociopaths who primarily robbed gas stations and grocery stores and gunned down small-town cops in cold blood. The Highwaymen shows Bonnie and Clyde in all their feral nastiness—ambushing police and executing them with glee.

The movie gets other small details right (Clyde’s weapon of choice was the fantastically lethal Browning Automatic Rifle for example, not the Thompson sub-machine gun, as is commonly depicted).

In the Arthur Penn movie, Bonnie and Clyde are killed in a roadside attack when a posse led by Hamer open fire without warning from hiding spots. In The Highwaymen, Hamer confronts Bonnie and Clyde and orders their surrender. Hamer and his fellow policemen (who also step out of hiding) only start shooting when Clyde reaches for his gun.

While it’s unclear which movie offers a more accurate portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde’s deaths, The Highwaymen goes a long way in deglamorizing a pair of awful killers.

I wrote about Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree in my book, Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography, published by ABC-CLIO. My book is available at Amazon and the ABC-CLIO website, among other sources. Click here to watch The Highwaymen movie trailer.


The Minerva Reader Reviews “The Boy on the Bicycle”

Posted on June 11, 2019

By Nate Hendley

The Minerva Reader has posted a nice review of The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (my book about Ron Moffatt, who was wrongly convicted of murder at age 14 in Toronto, in 1956):

“Intriguing, immediately engaging, often disturbing and filled with fascinating facts … The Boy on the Bicycle is written with such vivid attention to detail that this story of injustice and human cruelty will live in your mind long after you’ve read it. This is true-crime at its finest.”

Click here and scroll down to read the full review.

The Boy on the Bicycle was released by Five Rivers Publishing based in Neustadt, Ontario.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and the Five Rivers website. Copies are also available at Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).


Arthur Ellis Crime Book Awards

Posted on May 24, 2019

By Nate Hendley

The Crime Writers of Canada hosted the Arthur Ellis Excellence in Crime Writing book awards last night in Toronto.

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle was nominated in the non-fiction category but alas, did not win. Still, it was an honour to be nominated. The photograph shows me holding my Arthur Ellis Finalist certificate.

Congratulations to Sarah Weinman who won the non-fiction Arthur Ellis award for her book, The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World.

Click here for a list of all the Arthur Ellis winners.

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto. It can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and at select bookstores including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).


The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards

Posted on May 21, 2019 

By Nate Hendley

Fellow crime writer Ann Shortell has been ‘longlisted’ in The Miramichi Reader’s “Very Best! Book Awards” for her novel, Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale.

Ann was nominated in the category “Best First Book, Fiction or Non-Fiction”.

My own crime book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (about the true-life wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto in 1956) was longlisted previously, in the Miramichi’s Reader’s 2018 book awards, for Non-Fiction.

“These are books that I consider exceptional in some way; books that I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t want them to end. Or, if it was a non-fiction title, one that is well researched and the author has made it interesting to read, not just pages of facts,” writes Miramichi Reader sage James Fisher.

To read all the longlisted titles, past and present, click here.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, publisher Five Rivers and at select bookstores including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).


True-Crime Talk at Probus Club

Posted on May 15, 2019

By Nate Hendley

I gave a well-attended presentation to members of the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario on April 30 based on my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

This book examines the horrifying account of Ron Moffatt, who was 14 years-old when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto in 1956. The real culprit, serial killer Peter Woodcock, murdered two more children in Toronto before finally being caught.

Probus Clubs are designed to “provide Fellowship, Friendship and Fun for men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years” according to the group’s website.

I spoke previously to the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo about my book, The Big Con, which looks at notorious scams and hoaxes.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, publisher Five Rivers and at select bookstores including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto). 

(The above photograph was taken April 30, 2019 at my Probus Club lecture)


Crime Book Awards to be Announced May 23

Posted on May 1, 2019

By Nate Hendley

The winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing will be announced May 23, 2019 at a gala event in Toronto.

The Awards are presented by the Crime Writers of Canada, of which I am a member.

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (about the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto) was nominated for an Arthur Ellis crime-writing award in the non-fiction category.

Coverage of the Arthur Ellis nominations was extensive. Click on any of the following links to view some of this coverage:

CBC Books website

Five Rivers Publishing

The Rap Sheet blog

Quill & Quire

The Boy on the Bicycle was released by Five Rivers Publishing based in Neustadt, Ontario.

It can be purchased through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and the Five Rivers website. Copies are also available at select bookstores, including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto.


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