From the mean streets of 1930s Depression-era Toronto comes the gripping tale of a man who became one of the nation's most notorious criminals.
Until the age of 31, Donald McDonald was only dirty little Mickey from The Corner, the notorious intersection of Toronto's Jarvis and Dundas Streets in a neighbourhood known in the 1930s as Gangland. After Mickey was charged with the January 1939 murder of bookmaker Jimmy Windsor, he became a national crime figure. What followed were two murder trials, a liquor-truck hijacking, a sensational three-man escape in 1947 from Kingston Penitentiary, and a $50,000 bank robbery.
According to police, as gleaned from underworld informants, Mickey was killed in the 1950s in the United States by his own criminal associates. Author Peter McSherry presents several versions of McDonald's demise, one of which he endorses, and tells why it happened, delivering a compelling denouement to the chronicle of a criminal readers will never forget.
About the Author
Peter McSherry's The Big Red Fox and Mean Streets: Confessions of a Nighttime Taxi Driver were nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award and the Edna Staebler Award, respectively. He lives and works in Toronto, where he has driven a taxi at night for nearly 40 years.
On Mean Streets:
"A 30-year veteran of the streets, McSherry covers the territory with a savvy but largely sympathetic eye, introducing us to a rich and memorable cast of characters."--Globe and Mail