“No justice story is simple.” So said Carys Cragg in an interview with The Georgia Straight when her book, Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father, was released at the end of 2017. And she would know. When Cragg was just 11 years old, her father was killed by an intruder into the family home, a violent incident that changed her life, leaving her bewildered and grieving for decades. As an adult, she started asking questions about the man who had murdered her father, leading to a correspondence with her father’s killer and the start of an extraordinary journey in restorative justice.
Written with openness and honesty, Dead Reckoning is an extremely powerful story that questions our ideas of victims’ rights and the nature of justice, and is a testament to one woman’s capacity for understanding and empathy. Dead Reckoning was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2017 and was a finalist for the 2018 Hubert Evans BC Book Prize.
Roberts Creek resident Andreas Schroeder is the author of 23 books.