Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Brad Smith

Brad Smith was born and raised in southern Ontario. He has worked as a farmer, signalman, insulator, truck driver, bartender, schoolteacher, maintenance mechanic, roofer, and carpenter. He lives in an eighty-year-old farmhouse near the north shore of Lake Erie. Run Means Red, the first novel in his Virgil Cain series, was named among the Year’s Best Crime Novels by Booklist.

Smith's new novel, Shoot the Dog, is the third Virgil Cain mystery.

Recently I asked the author about what he was reading.  His reply:
I recently finished Devil In The Grove, Gilbert King’s terrific book about racial injustice during the Jim Crow days in Florida, circa 1950. It’s an account of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s attempt to exonerate three young black men falsely accused of raping a white woman. Coincidentally, the George Zimmerman trial was underway as I was reading. We’d like to think that we’ve put a lot of distance between ourselves and those dark days 60 years ago. The Zimmerman verdict proved that we haven’t.
Visit Brad Smith's website and Facebook page.

--Marshal Zeringue