Trevor Cole

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An intoxicating Prohibition-era cocktail of rum-running, mob hits, drug smuggling and police corruption.
— Dean Jobb, author of Empire of Deception

Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His journalism has garnered him twenty-five National Magazine Award nominations and nine awards.

His first two books — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles — were both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His next two novels could not have been more different. The dark comedy Practical Jean, published in 2010, was nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the famous Leacock Medal for Humour. His fourth novel, Hope Makes Love, was a hard-to-categorize exploration of love, neuroscience and the trouble that men can cause women.

Trevor’s latest book, The Whisky King, is his first foray into non-fiction. It tells the intersecting story of two Italian Canadians — Rocco Perri, the little Calabrian who became Canada’s biggest bootlegger of the Prohibition era, and Frank Zaneth, the northern Italian who became Canada’s first undercover Mountie.

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Works by Trevor Cole

The Whiskey King
Hope Makes Love
Practical Jean
The Fearsome Particles