“I turned to fiction to add flesh to the bones,” say Ray Argyle, discussing his decision to turn his historical research into a novel, “imagining the lives they led, bringing in fictional characters as well as historical figures.”
Ray has been a journalist, publishing executive, and communications consultant. He is the author of five books of non-fiction, including biographies of notable and fascinating personalities such as French leader Charles de Gaulle, ragtime musician Scott Joplin, and Canada’s last Father of Confederation, Joey Smallwood.
An Act of Injustice is Ray’s first foray into fiction. The novel, set in Victorian era Canada and inspired by the true lives of Rosannah Leppard and Cook Teets, combines courtroom drama, murder mystery, and a meditation on failures in the justice system, racial and religious prejudice. Author Jeanette Lynes calls it “a panoramic and absorbing read”, and author Wayne Grady praised it as “a wonderfully suspenseful mystery.”
Ray has written for United Press International, the Regina Leader-Post and the Toronto Telegram. He founded Argyle Communications Inc. and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ont., and the Scarborough (Toronto) Board of Education. Ray lives in Kingston, Ontario.