Sam Klein Back on the Case: Allan Levine's The Bootlegger's Confession Featured

 Winnipeg, July 8, 2016—This fall 2016, Ravenstone invites readers back to the heyday of Winnipeg for the return of the prairie city’s best known detective, Sam Klein.

In this first installment of the second trilogy of Sam Klein mysteries, Allan Levine takes readers back to the Winnipeg of the 1920s, the “gateway of the west”, in The Bootlegger’s Confession. It was a boom time for commerce and crooks, radicals and revolutionaries, as a brave new world opened up for waves of immigrants seeking a better life.

The year is 1922. U.S. Prohibition is in full swing and the bootleg business is booming for Jewish-Canadian entrepreneurs, Saul and Lou Sugarman.

Looking to keep a close eye on their border transactions, the Sugarman’s set up their sister Rae and husband Max in a general store in southern Manitoba, close to the North Dakota border. One night, several hours after concluding a lucrative bootleg deal, Max Roter is found dead.

Determined to find the killer, Lou Sugarman hires Sam Klein to investigate the murder.

A routine investigation quickly devolves into a kidnapping crisis, leading Sam Klein straight into the dangerous mob world of 1920s New York City.

The first trilogy of Sam Klein mysteries garnered its share of awards including the Margaret McWilliams Medal for Best Historical Fiction, and critics love Allan Levine’s forays into historical mysteries.

"Historians seldom extend their talents to murder mysteries, but Allan Levine has done just that, and The Blood Libel turns out be chilling and believable...”
—Peter C. Newman

"An excellent book, both a stimulating history lesson and an absorbing adventure tale."
Winnipeg Free Press

"This is one of those rare novels that manages to both entertain and instruct. There are several credible and complex mysteries embedded in the story and their solutions are embellished and augmented by a wealth of historical, social, and local detail."
Quill & Quire

Allan Levine is an award-winning, internationally selling, author and historian based in Winnipeg, Canada. He has written thirteen books including the Sam Klein historical mystery trilogy.

Winner of the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction, the McNally-Robinson Book of the Year, the Best History Book Award at the Canadian Jewish Book Awards, and the co-winner of the J.I. Segal Prize in Canadian Jewish History.

A freelance writer since the early 1980s, his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Toronto Star, the National Post, and Saturday Night. A columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press since 2010, he explains the history behind current events.


Turnstone Press
Founded in a Winnipeg pub in 1976 to publish chapbooks by Manitoba poets, Turnstone Press has become one of the most highly regarded book publishers in western Canada, publishing not only poetry but also fiction, literary criticism and non-fiction. In 1998 Turnstone Press launched Ravenstone Books, an imprint dedicated to mysteries, thrillers, and noir fiction. Turnstone Press is committed to our literary and cultural role in Manitoba and Canada and our mandate reflects this. We publish only Canadian authors or landed immigrants, we strive to publish a significant number of new writers, to publish in a variety of genres, and to publish 50 per cent Manitoba writers and/or books with Manitoba content.

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