When a shotgun blast ripped into an unsuspecting Robert Watson in 1827, it not only horrified the bustling city of Montreal but also launched a mystery that endures to this day: who killed Watson, and why?
Blending fact and fiction, A Stain Upon the Land is a tale of intrigue, passion and violence that ranges from the Highlands of Scotland to the backwoods of Glengarry County, from the War of 1812 to a cholera epidemic that scourged Montreal in 1832.
The novel follows the fortunes of a young woman and the two men who love her – and not all of them can survive.
Long-time Montreal Gazette columnist John Kalbfleisch is the author of two previous books about the city. For years he has been fascinated by the brutal killing of Watson, for which no one was ever punished. Now, after nearly two centuries, the old adage bids fair to remain true: murder will out.
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