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About Ron Corbett
Ron Corbett is the Edgar and Arthur Ellis nominated author of the Frank Yakabuski mystery series. Set on the Northern Divide, the Yakabuski series has been called “Truly captivating” (Publishers Weekly) “Soulful” (Kirkus Reviews) and “A series with a long life ahead.” (Globe and Mail)
A former broadcaster and newspaper crime columnist, Ron has won numerous awards for his writing, whether it be news columns, magazine features or an investigative series that once saw him buy handguns on the streets and back alleys of Canada’s capital city.
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Something is not right in the North Maine Woods.
A small family-run lumber company should not have more than two hundred million unaccountable dollars on their books. Money like that comes from moving something other than wood across the border.
The first agent the FBI sent undercover was their best man—sure to get the answers that were needed. He was dead within a month.
Now, Danny Barrett is taking his place. Before he was a cop, Danny grew up in the woods of Northern Michigan. He is the only chance the feds have of getting answers, but how many more will have to die first?
The Frank Yakabuski Mystery Series Book 3
From the Edgar Award– and Arthur Ellis Award-nominated author of Ragged Lake comes the third installment in the Frank Yakabuski series.
In the final scene of Cape Diamond, millions of dollars worth of diamonds went missing, which is where Ron Corbett’s latest novel begins. When rumors spread that they were buried on Mission Road, an old logging trail outside the town, people swarm to the area, setting up temporary camps and searching for fortune. But when a known murderer shows up, the real mystery begins.
Detective Frank Yakabuski must juggle a 21st-century diamond rush, killers on the run, and his ex-cop dad, in this third book in the series.
The Frank Yakabuski Mystery Series Book 2From the Edgar Award– and Arthur Ellis Award-nominated author of Ragged Lake comes the second installment in the Frank Yakabuski series
Cape Diamond, the second book in the Frank Yakabuski Mystery series, is atmospheric and action-packed. Set near the Northern Divide — as was the first installment, Edgar Award nominee (Best Paperback Original), Ragged Lake — the book opens with Yakabuski called to investigate a gruesome crime scene. A body has been left hanging from a schoolyard fence. On closer inspection, Yak finds a large diamond in the murder victim’s mouth.
Two criminal gangs — the Shiners and the Travellers — are fighting with each other, and Yakabuski turns to his father, a now-retired detective who has a long history with the gangs, for advice in the interrogation. Is the conflict over the murder of two men? The kidnapping of a little girl? Or, possibly, the diamond found in Augustus Morrissey’s mouth? As if this weren’t enough for one detective, a serial killer is taking a deadly road trip through the United States, heading towards the Northern Divide.
Ron Corbett weaves the various strands together with ingenuity, making Cape Diamond a brooding, suspense-filled story of hubris, betrayal, and evil deeds; his writing is sparse and taut, compelling the reader to follow the action and gang conflict to a surprise ending.
The Frank Yakabuski Mystery Series Book 1Edgar Award–and Arthur Ellis Award-nominated Ragged Lake is the first in the Frank Yakabuski Mystery Series.
Gruesome murders, a northern secret, and a buried past
While working one afternoon on the Northern Divide, a young tree-marker makes a grisly discovery: in a squatter’s cabin near an old mill town, a family has been murdered.
An army vet coming off a successful turn leading a task force that took down infamous biker criminals, Detective Frank Yakabuski arrives in Ragged Lake, a nearly abandoned village, to solve the family’s murder. But no one is willing to talk. With a winter storm coming, Yakabuski sequesters the locals in a fishing lodge as he investigates the area with his two junior officers. Before long, he is fighting not only to solve the crime but also to stay alive and protect the few innocents left living in the desolate woods.
A richly atmospheric mystery with sweeping backdrops, explosive action, and memorable villains, Ragged Lake will keep you guessing — about the violent crime, the nature of family, and secret deeds done long ago on abandoned frontiers.
This classic fishing story is now an e-book!
The Last Guide is the award-winning story of Frank Kuiack, the oldest fishing guide in Canada's fabled Algonquin Park. He’s crusty, he’s opinionated, and he can catch more trout than anyone you’ve ever met.
The Last Guide has been called "A homage to a vanishing way of life," and "A story that will feed the soul forever." Following Kuiack’s life in the woods from the time he was born until he retired from full-time guiding, this is a story of hard living, mistakes made along the way, and a redemption tale at the end that is as memorable and awe-inspiring as the Algonquin Highlands themselves.
Within the pages of the Last Guide you’ll meet historical characters like E.B. White (the author of Charlotte’s Web, who always wanted to be a fishing guide in Algonquin Park) and painter Tom Thomson (who actually was a fishing guide in Algonquin Park.)
As you paddle your canoe along with Frank, you’ll also learn:
• How to make a shore lunch
• How to arrange an easy portage
• How to avoid politics
• How to stay married
• And how to catch trout
Those are all connected, by the way. At least according to Frank.
Written by acclaimed writer Ron Corbett (the Edgar nominated author of the Frank Yakabuski mystery series, set in Canada’s Northern Divide) The Last Guide is richly anecdotal, entertaining and comes with marvellous photographs throughout.
The Last Guide is an unforgettable story, and a loving tribute to sport fishing and all those who are slightly, just a little obsessed with it.
On April 18, 2002, "friendly fire" killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, Canada’s first combat deaths since the Korean War.
On April 18, 2002, Alpha Company, Third Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was on a training exercise at Tarnak Farms, a former Taliban artillery range in southern Afghanistan. The exercise had been underway for nearly seven hours when two American fighter pilots flew overhead. One, Major Harry Schmidt, saw the artillery fire below, and thinking he was under attack, dropped a laser-guided bomb.
Four Canadian soldiers died that night, the first Canadian combat fatalities since the Korean War. For many in Canada the tragedy signalled the true beginning of Canada’s lengthy combat mission in Afghanistan.
First Soldiers Down recounts what happened that evening through archival material and the recollections of troops. It also tells the personal stories of the fallen Sergeant Marc Lger, Corporal Ainsworth Dyer, Private Richard Green, and Private Nathan Smith as well as what happened to the loved ones of each of the four in the decade since the incident.