Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards spent the first eleven years of his life in Lytton, British Columbia, a strange but happy village with no streetlights or elevators, located between several First Nations communities. His father was the region’s only doctor, sometimes paid with salmon speared from the Fraser and Thompson rivers. Peter sometimes dabbled in journalism, and once wrote in a medical journal that it’s better to have a fence at the top of a cliff than an ambulance waiting at the bottom of it.

His mother was an avid, perceptive, passionate writer who pioneered the benign neglect school of child-rearing while raising her four children. His favorite books were The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the Sherlock Holmes series. Both of his parents encouraged him to write and they allowed him to run his high school newspaper from the ping pong table in their basement. Peter remains best-known in Lytton for winning the junior boys’ category of a baking contest with a French apple pie, in a competition marred by the disqualification of several competitors for using store-bought mixes. He plans to buy a cottage in Lytton immediately after winning the lottery.

There were about twice as many people (about 700) in his high school, Central Secondary in London, Ontario, as in all of Lytton. He went to Western University where he was the sports editor of The Gazette and received an Hon. BA in Canadian History and a Master’s degree in Journalism.

Before heading off to the work world, he took a year off to pursue his love of judo while supporting himself working in a pub in Soho, London. He was thrown, choked, arm-barred, and pinned by some of the best fighters in the world; he still considers that year a great investment of his time.

He has been a writer for the Toronto Star for thirty years, specializing in organized crime and justice issues. He is the author of fifteen non-fiction books, most of which have been national bestsellers. About half of them have been on organized crime. One Dead Indian was developed into a Gemini Award-winning feature film broadcast on CTV and APTN networks.

Three of his projects are in development for television series, with one based on the Rizzuto Mafia family scheduled to air in fall, 2017.

His YA novel, The Biker’s Brother (Fall 2017), is his first book for young readers.

Annick Press books
by Peter Edwards