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Red River Girl

Red River Girl

THE GRIPPING TRUE STORY OF A MURDER WHICH HAUNTED CANADA AND BECAME A RALLYING CRY FOR JUSTICE

‘If you were hooked on the Serial podcast, then you need to order this now’ Red

Longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

Tina Fontaine
A fifteen-year-old runaway living on the streets of Winnipeg. When her body was found weighted down in the Red River, she became yet another example of the endemic violence against Indigenous women. But her death sparked a nationwide protest.

Sergeant John O’Donovan
The police detective who forced the media to look at Tina differently. Vowing to deliver justice, he plotted an extraordinary undercover sting that stretched the moral boundaries of the law and obsessed him for years.

Joanna Jolly
An award-winning journalist whose investigation into Tina’s death took her to the prison cell of the murder suspect, the
First Nation reserve where Tina was raised and into the heart of a liberal nation confronting racism and injustice.

‘Written with the urgency of a thriller, this book uses the tragic death of one girl to expose scandalous levels of violence against Canada’s Indigenous female population. A shocking story’ Joan Smith, author of Misogynies

‘Jolly’s gripping, moving and timely book is a true crime classic. Vital, urgent and humane’ Melanie McGrath, author of The Long Exile
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Genre: Biography & True Stories

On Sale: 27th August 2019

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780349010977

Reviews

With exacting detail, BBC reporter Joanna Jolly recounts Tina's sometimes tragic life story, her shocking death, the complex police investigation and the detective determined to find her killer. If you were hooked on the Serial podcast, then you need to pre-order this now.
Sarra Manning, Red Magazine
Joanna Jolly recreates Tina's life and the investigation into her death. It starkly assesses the lack of protection and child services for indigenous children and reveals the sexual exploitation of a community in a country that prides itself on its liberal and supportive values
Francesca Brown, Stylist
This is a really important book to read . . . Jolly's skill is to show that this is a deeply embedded problem . . . But she presents all this detailed information in a way to keep you reading, because she is fully aware behind all the problems there are people - people who are important and deserve considerably more. All intelligent adults should read this book to become aware of the depth of the problem and the need to do more. This might be concentrating on Canada, but similar levels of violence and abuse can develop in communities all over the world if regular and respectful communities are allowed to collapse.
Hilary White, NB Magazine
Written with the urgency of a thriller, this book uses the tragic death of one girl to expose scandalous levels of violence against Canada's indigenous female population. A shocking story of invisibility, neglect and moral failure on the part of one of the world's most advanced democracies.
Joan Smith, bestselling author of Misogynies
Jolly's gripping, moving and timely book is a true crime classic. In illuminating the story of a single tragic murder, Jolly shines a much needed light on the shocking disappearance and murder of indigenous women across North America. A vital, urgent and humane work.
Melanie McGrath, author of The Long Exile