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Paul William Roberts

Smokescreen: One Man Against the Underworld

Smokescreen: One Man Against the Underworld
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Published by Stoddart of Canada
Oct 2001
A strange yet true story about a grocer in upstate New York whose wife and brother betray and rob him, prompting a seven-year odyssey in which he works as an undercover agent and paid Crown Agent for the Secret Service and the RCMP, penetrating the Mafia, the Russian and Bulgarian Mafiya, the bikers, and the native Indian smuggling cartels. Highly praised by critics for its breathless novelistic pace and richly drawn characters, "Smokescreen" has a deeper subtext that amounts to a meditation on the nature of crime, criminals, police and modern society's ambiguous attitudes toward them. Written in collaboration with Norman Snider, one of Canada's greatest screenwriters ("Dead Ringers", "Rated X" etc), "Smokescreen" seems intended as its own precursor to the film version, which is evidently under way in Los Angeles. Curiously, the subject of the book, Calvin Bricker, did all the promotional interviews, leading to speculation that the writers were unhappy with the project and disassociating themselves from it. It seems, however, that Snider is as reclusive by nature as Roberts, and that the pair were happy to work on the screenplay while someone else did the rubber chicken circuit for them. On separate occasions both referred to the arrangement as 'ideal' and 'a writer's dream come true'.Since Roberts rarely gives interviews any more and Snider never does, it has been impossible to find out any more about the nature of this fertile collaboration on a book termed "by far the best thing to have been published in 2001..."
Americana , Biography , Educational , Film/Cinema/Stage , Government/Politics , Hi-lo , History , Horror , Humor , Law , Metaphysical , Military/War , Money/Finance , Psychology , Sociology
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