Rabbit Foot Bill

Rabbit Foot Bill

A lonely boy in a prairie town befriends a tramp in 1947 and then witnesses a shocking murder. Based on a true story.

Canwood, Saskatchewan, 1947. Leonard Flint, a lonely boy in a small farming town befriends the local tramp, a man known as Rabbit Foot Bill. Bill doesn’t talk much, but he allows Leonard to accompany him as he sets rabbit snares and to visit his small, secluded dwelling. 

Being with Bill is everything to young Leonard—an escape from school, bullies and a hard father. So his shock is absolute when he witnesses Bill commit a sudden violent act and loses him to prison.

Fifteen years on, as a newly graduated doctor of psychiatry, Leonard arrives at the Weyburn Mental Hospital, both excited and intimidated by the massive institution known for its experimental LSD trials. To Leonard’s great surprise, at the Weyburn he is reunited with Bill and soon becomes fixated on discovering what happened on that fateful day in 1947.

Based on a true story, this page-turning novel from a master stylist examines the frailty and resilience of the human mind.

 

Title:Rabbit Foot Bill
ISBN:9781443451543
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    Rabbit Foot Bill Reviews

  • Carolyn

    This was a masterfully written book that told an emotional and shocking story. Although the plot seemed unbelievable, it had a factual basis. Rabbit Foot Bill was a real-life tramp who committed murde...

  • NILTON TEIXEIRA

    This turned out to be a good read.A work of fiction based on true events.The story started very well.The first 11% got me engaged, from there it became a bit boring and emotionless, especially when ta...

  • Jason

    Don't let my 3 star fool you - this is a good book. Just too short.Most of my personal grievances with it have to do with its length. I wish this was longer! Like a few-hundy pages longer! This book h...

  • Darryl Suite

    4.5 stars // The author doesn't waste a second. Some things addressed in the first 29 pages would take a different writer 150 pages to develop. Jeez.It was eye-opening + alarming reading about doctors...

  • Abhilash

    A sad sad story. But formulaic. ...

  • Laura Hart

    2.5 stars/5This was a back-and-forth experience for me. After reading the first fifty pages, I expected a thrilling and emotional story about the ties between mental health and the criminal justice sy...

  • Dale

    A fascinating, thought provoking and moving story! The writing is beautifully restrained but equally captivating, as it achingly explores the reality of trauma and tragedy. Based on a true story, the ...

  • Shelley Gibbs

    4.5* Wow, there's a real economy of words here, in an admirable way. I easily could have read a longer or slower version of this novel, but I'm not convinced that I would have liked it any more. It's ...

  • Jade Allen

    Such an engrossing book! ...

  • Joanne

    There is something in Helen Humphreys' prose that just gets to me every time. I always walk away from her books simply awed by the emotional resonance of the writing. This book is no exception. It's t...