To coincide with Random House Canada’s publication of the groundbreaking book Unrepentant by Peter Edwards and biker Lorne Campbell, Vintage Canada updates and reissues Conspiracy of Brothers, the award-winning true crime classic that tells the complete and scandalous story in the most gut-wrenching chapter of Campbell’s life.
Conspiracy of Brothers will be released April 30, 2013. Click here to pre-order your copy today!
On the night of October 18, 1978, small-town biker Bill Matiyek was having a drink in a Port Hope bar. A gunman suddenly walked up and fired 3 bullets into his head. Members of the rival bike club Satan’s Choice, who were in the bar, quickly vanished. Was it a cold-blooded gangland-style execution, as the Crown Attorney and police would argue, or the compulsive act of a single gunman? Was the trial that followed driven by persistent police work or a police frame-up? Did the bikers conspire to murder or did the law conspire to convict them? Guilt by association, unreliable eyewitness testimony, suppression of evidence, botched police procedures—call the results justice or call them revenge, the question remains: Who really killed Bill Matiyek, and why?
Winner 1989 – Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction Crime Book
“A haunting account of a miscarriage of justice with a twist. Mick Lowe’s account reads like a novel.”
—Peter Edwards, author of Unrepentant: The Strange and (sometimes) Terrible Life of Lorne Campbell, Satan’s Choice and Hells Angels Biker and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Canadian Organized Crime
“The narrative of the trial makes gripping reading.”
“A monument of investigative reporting and a riveting story—an extraordinary book.”
—Winnipeg Free Press