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FOUR MYSTERIES BY DAVID LAING DAWSON 

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"Novel takes readers into Dramatic Life of Psychiatric Hospital patients! Excellent writing style"

"it feels authentic from beginning to end. It's not a comfortable book to read, but it is thought-provoking.From Blog Critics

 
DON'T LOOK DOWN Four men, age 18 to 81, have murdered, and now share a room in the secure forensic psychiatry ward. Who better to get inside their heads, and find both the tragedy and comedy of their lives than psychiatrist and novelist David Laing Dawson.

Frank has just completed a ten year sentence in a Federal Prison for manslaughter. He is remanded for an assessment in the Forensic Ward of a Psychiatric Hospital. On this ward Frank shares a four bed room with Joseph, a man suffering from severe depression and delusions of jealousy, David, a young schizophrenic man, and Henry Thornton, 81 years of age, sometimes confused, and possibly guilty of the mercy killing of his companion and lover.

Dawson explores the comedy as well as the tragedy of these four lives as they intersect in a dramatic way in a place none of them wishes to be.

 This story has the ring of truth and insight only an insider can provide. And though the characters and events are tragic, the author finds many moments of shared humanity, warmth and good humor.

Four stars on Amazon "This is fiction which rings true and is quite a reading adventure"

ISBN 978-0-9810037-5-7, $19.95 US distributed by Ingram 

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SLIDE IN ALL DIRECTION 

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A new compelling story of crime, addictions, love and redemption, played out in the shadows of a post-industrial steel town. Known as a Canadian Elmore Leonard, Dawson is perhaps a little kinder and gentler but no less real.

The Hamilton Spectator: January 31, 2009

"a work of fiction that's as close to reality as it gets"

"Compelling characters find their way through a storyline bursting with crime, murder, addiction, tough love and tenuous redemption. Yet it doesn't feel crowded. You may not root for the characters but I'm betting you'll end up pulling for them."

"Slide in all Direction is a powerful read ... with a climax that really does blur the line between fiction and true crime." The Hamilton Spectator March 7, 2009 

5.0 out of 5 stars A little Elmore Leonard, a little Seinfeld amazon

His earlier works have been translated into 7 languages.

 Distributed by the Ingram Book Company, trade paper, 232 pages, $19.95 US retail (ISBN 978-0-9810037-1-9) 

 THE INTERN

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During the tumultuous sixties, Dr. Robert Snow interns in a big city hospital. Dawson lets his readers feel the triumphs and tragedies, the exhausting, overwhelming experiences of hospital life and death. Set against the social upheavals of 67/68 the author once again gives us vital characters struggling in an ambiance that rings all too true.

 

 Distributed by the Ingram Book Company, trade paper, 236 pages, $19.95 US retail (ISBN 978-0-9810037-2-6) 

 

 ESSONDALE A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

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Is this hell, or just a psychiatric hospital? Dr. Robert Snow isn't sure. Waking from a drunken stupor in a small green room, the doctor finds he's on the other side of the diagnosis - in a place where life and mental health seem to be going pretty cheap these days. Murder and sexual abuse haunt the hospital, but Snow doesn't really care. He'd rather be dead anyway. When a charming, manic cowboy and a world-weary intellectual invade Snow's self-imposed isolation, they drag him out of his depression - and into the heart of Essondale's black mysteries...

 


 Distributed by the Ingram Book Company, trade paper, 236 pages, $19.95 US retail (ISBN 978-0-9810037-4-0) 

 


 

 







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