One of the Globe and Mail 100 Best Books for 2015
“The most important book of the year.” — Stacey May Fowles, the Globe and Mail
An ex-police detective’s searing personal account of sexism, racism, and mishandling in the investigation of missing and murdered women.
In That Lonely Section of Hell, ex-police detective Lori Shenher (who transitioned to male in 2015 and is now known as Lorimer) describes his role in Vancouver’s infamous Missing and Murdered Women Investigation and his years-long struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of working on the case. From his first assignment in 1998 to explore an increase in the number of missing women to the harrowing 2002 interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, Shenher tells a story of massive police failure—failure of the police to use the information about Pickton available to them, failure to understand the dark world of drug addiction and sex work, and failure to save more women from their killer. That Lonely Section of Hell passionately pursues the deeper truths behind the causes of this tragedy and the myriad ways the system failed to protect vulnerable people.
"This impassioned, deeply personal memoir by a Vancouver cop vividly recalls the racism, sexism, and sheer incompetence that undermined the hunt for Canada’s most prolific serial killer." —William Deverell, Winner of the Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence in North American Crime Writing
"Shenher's highly readable book provides important insights into a horrifying case and the reasons that it remained unsolved for far too long." —Publishers Weekly
"...A massively important, searing indictment of a society that allows such a human toll" —Globe & Mail
"In conversational, easy-to-read prose, Shenher does not hold back her anger, disgust and frustration with the officers who held up the investigation out of inexperience, ego or bureaucratic roadblocks" —CBC Manitoba
"Shenher has written an important work that goes beyond the shortcomings of the investigation and inquiry, especially since a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is now on the national agenda." —Literary Review of Canada
"Shenher's inside account of the Pickton serial murders and the failed Missing Women investigation is both a horrifying and compelling read. " —Peter Vronsky, author ofSerial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters
"This is more than a crime story; it’s a lesson in how anyone’s life can be torn asunder by unexpected circumstances—and that, in some instances, there truly is light at the end of a very dark tunnel." —The Georgia Straight