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True Crime Mass Murder

The Black Donnellys

by (author) Thomas P. Kelley

foreword by Ray Fazakas

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Mass Murder, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
    List Price

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A new edition of a classic novel from one of Canada's most sensational crime authors.

Near London, Ontario, in the Lucan district, even the bravest were scared to ride at night. The notorious Donnelly family - brawlers, murderers, robbers, arsonists - were despised and feared, and their reign of bloodshed and terror gripped the community... until the townspeople planned their revenge. The Black Donnellys is the tale of the most vicious feud in southwestern Ontario history. Blending parts of a true story with generous spoonfuls of fiction, crime author Thomas P. Kelley's sensational interpretation of this tragedy raised the Donnellys from local folklore to a shocking piece of Canadiana.

Originally published in 1954, this classic has stood the test of time - pulling in generation after generation of readers with its thrilling details about the tumultuous lives and tragic deaths of five members of the Donnelly family on one night in February 1880. This new edition of The Black Donnellys - which is introduced by Ray Fazakas, the foremost expert in Donnelly family history - is sure to captivate yet another generation of historical fiction lovers and crime novel aficionados.

About the authors

Thomas P. Kelley (1905-1982) was one of Canada's most prolific pulp fiction writers. He was said to have over 30 pseudonyms and was a frequent contributor to Uncanny Tales, a Canadian sci-fi pulp magazine. He published dozens of paperback books, including The Black Donnellys, Vengeance of the Black Donnellys and I Stole $16,000,000.

Thomas P. Kelley's profile page

Ray Fazakas is a retired lawyer who has spent over 50 years researching the Donnelly story and is widely recognized as the foremost authority on the subject. His books on the Donnellys include The Donnelly Album and In Search of the Donnellys.

Ray Fazakas' profile page