Bruce L.Willis
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Bruce L.Willis

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I graduated from Acadia during the medieval period, 1966 to 1970, McGill L.L.B, 1974 and Western, M.A. 1997. While at university, I did officer training and became a reserve officer retiring with the rank of captain. I became a lawyer in Toronto in 1976 and moved north to Hay River in the Northwest Territories, then to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. I travelled on the court circuit from Baffin Island to Old Crow, first as a member of the Northwest Territories Law Society and then with the Yukon Law Society. I specialized as a trial lawyer and then in administrative law. On January 1st, 1987, in my eleventh year in practice as President of the Yukon Law Society, the Federal Government awarded me a Queen’s Counsel. After 44 years as a lawyer, I moved from active practice to a retired member of the Yukon Law Society in 2020. I remain an instructor at Yukon University. The first book, The Klondike Detective: Murder on King Solomon's Dome, published in 2017, is the story of John Caldwell, who joins the North West Mounted Police to capture members of the Order of the Midnight Sun. The second book continues the adventure, The Klondike Detective 2: The San Francisco Scheme released in 2018, which picks up after the criminals Caldwell helped put in jail manage a daring escape. The third book, the Klondike detective 3: The Murder Conspiracy, involves John Caldwell with the death of a judge in the Alaskan Territory. He is hired to track down the killers, which takes him to Chicago, New York, Boston and Virginia to deal with a mystery that started during the Civil War. The fourth book, The Klondike Detective 4: The Disappearance, brings John to Calgary, where he solves some serious cases before going underground to deal with a criminal network. His uncle's disappearance takes him to Central America and the search for a treasure from the Spanish Treasure Fleet. The fifth book takes John to London to receive the colours for the Royal North West Mounted Police, where he works with Scotland Yard. He goes underground and encounters Irish terrorists. When bombs explode, he becomes involved in pursuing admiralty secrets along with Lieutenant Compton, whom he met last year in South America. Blood Is Blue: Stories of Growing Up in the Fifties and Sixties, published in 2022, is a funny memoir of growing up in Canada in the fifties and sixties. This book covers the first fifteen years of my life, starting in 1951 when I first recalled what happened. This was how I viewed the world as a child and teenager. It is also an homage to my time and my family, relatives, food, toys, things, and important events. The Demands of Mrs. West, Deceased, the Case of the Dead Widow by Reginald Clark, published in 2023, is my seventh book. Reggie Clark, an inquisitive reporter and his connected spirit, Mrs. West, wanted to find out who murdered her. Anyone who knew Reggie could assure you he was a level-headed guy, but now he was dealing with an otherworldly spirit, a presence from the great divide. Mrs. West was a ghost who wanted his help, and the phrase rest in peace did not apply to her. She pushed and pulled him on her path, disregarding what he wanted. I am finalizing The Klondike Detective 6: End Game and Naval Intelligence. Many years ago, at Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, I studied military history with Doctor Stokesbury, who spent hours discussing the origins of the First World War. I never thought I would use those lessons, but I did in this book. It will be out in Spring 2023. I had so much fun with The Demands of Mrs. West, Deceased. I am partway through the second book in the series, The Demands of Mrs. West, Deceased: The Death of Fat Freddy by Reginald Clark. It will be out this summer, 2023. Finally, I have started Ned’s Revenge which takes place during the Restoration Period in London. For those who have commented on my hero’s being tall and good-looking, that is not the case with Ned. He is short and called an arse-worm. His ears stuck out, his nose was too big, and his mouth lacked a tooth, courtesy of Fat Horace, who tried to keep him away from the richer part of town. That book will be out at the end of this year or the beginning of 2024 In Audible, you can listen to the first five Klondike Detective Books. Bruce L. Willis loves historical detective novels and lives in Costa Rica with his family. Each year he returns to the Yukon to teach at Yukon University. Mr. Willis is of the view that the challenge of writing a historical novel is to be both accurate and fun.
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