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Summary

Verteran investigative journalist Stevie Cameron first began following the story of missing women in 1998, when the odd newspaper piece appeared chronicling the disappearances of drug-addicted sex trade workers from Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside. It was not until February 2002 that pig farmer Robert William Pickton would be arrested, and 2008 before he was found guilty, on six counts of second-degree murder. These counts were appealed and in 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its conclusion. The guilty verdict was upheld, and finally this unprecedented tale of true crime could be told.

Covering the case of one of North America's most prolific serial killers gave Stevie Cameron access not only to the story as it unfolded over many years in two British Columbia courthouses, but also to information unknown to the police—and not in the transcripts of their interviews with Pickton—such as from Pickton's long-time best friend, Lisa Yelds, and from several women who survived terrifying encounters with him. Cameron uncovers what was behind law enforcement's refusal to believe that a serial killer was at work.

©2010 Stevie Cameron (P)2022 Vintage Canada

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National Bestseller

2011, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction

2011, British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

2011, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

“Rich with detail. . . . Should you buy this book and read it? Definitely.”—Neil Boyd, The Globe and Mail 

"Stevie Cameron, who brought the art of political investigative journalism in Canada to new heights over the last three decades, has distinguished herself and her profession once again… [On the Farm] will surely remain a classic for generations of crime readers to come."—Winnipeg Free Press 

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  • Michael
  • 16-05-22

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The book chapter after chapter about the individual victims, not what most listeners are expecting when purchasing a book about a serial killer.

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  • SNAFU666
  • 28-07-22

NOT WORTH IT!

Waaaaaaay to drawn out. I got it to hear about the life and crimes of the murderer etc. This book is more about everything else, but the murders. I don't need to know every stupid detail about every officer in the area, the relatives of random people. This book could prob have been 5-7 hours long, instead it's 25. No Way. Waste of a credit. Don't bother unless you want to be put to sleep.

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  • Zuma_ME
  • 13-06-22

Endless

This book is far too long. It repeats itself countless times. I would recommend reading an article on the Internet before listening to this book. Very disappointing.

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  • Christopher Amos
  • 26-05-22

Excellent work on Canadian crime

You really feel sad for the women who were lost. The justice system let all but six souls down. Erin Moon is excellent! The book prompted me to research more on the events and learn where the survivors and LEOS are now.

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  • NorthernNV
  • 20-05-22

Incredibly boring.

Desperately needs editing.
I had never heard about these crimes and was intrigued to learn more, but this really isn’t the right book for someone interested in the investigation. It’s more of a social commentary about drug addiction and prostitution in Vancouver. Save yourself the credit.

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  • Laurena
  • 18-05-22

Too Much Detail In the Wrong Places

I'll start by saying that Erin Moon did a great job narrating this book and I would love to listen to her again. The book, however, was a bit boring at times. There was a ton of detail in certain areas where it didn't seem to belong and it was lacking of detail in other places. I've listened to a lot of true crime books, but had never heard anything about this story so I hung in there. Overall though, I would give the book itself 3 stars.