Death’s Shadow


Victims and survivors, angels and demons, intersect along winding roads to imperfect justice.

“Bare light bulbs shone against walls painted with graffiti and dried blood, the rooms reeking of a sweet pungent odour like burnt plastic …” So writes award-winning Hamilton Spectator journalist and author Jon Wells in one of four harrowing murder stories in Death’s Shadow.

Wells take readers up close into multiple homicide investigations, the agony of victims and their loved ones, and the chilling dance of death between cold-blooded killers and the hard-boiled investigators hunting them. His research draws upon jailhouse interviews with three of the killers as well as with homicide and forensic detectives, and the stories are augmented by crime-scene photographs and portrait photography of all the players.

Wells writes of victims and survivors, angels and demons, travelling winding roads to imperfect justice in intimate glimpses of horrific crimes.


Death's Shadow by Jon Wells …[is]a true to form riveting page turner. Recounting true crime details of four murders in Hamilton (some of which remain unsolved), Jon skillfully captures all aspects of intrigue, while weaving in the human impacts of these tragedies, as well as the grisly and often shocking details of the murders.

The extra background and depth Wells gives the stories sets them apart from less ambitious crime reporting, and make the book a worthwhile addition to any Canadian true crime library.

About the Author

Jon Wells

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Jon Wells

Jon Wells has published seven books, five of them true crime. His book Post-Mortemwas nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award. Born in Montreal and raised in London, Ontario, Wells writes for the Hamilton Spectator where his stories have received numerous honours, including 15 Ontario Newspaper Awards and two National Newspaper Awards.