Wednesday, June 01, 2011

There's none more powerful

THE TRAZ - Eileen Schuh
If you don't believe my fictional account of the power of biker gangs as related in The Traz, the first novel in my BackTracker series, here's a headline to convince you:
Thirty-one alleged members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and associates facing drug charges have had their cases thrown out of a Quebec court because of unreasonable delays.
The 31 defendants were among 156 people charged after a 17-year long police investigation into biker gang-related murders and drug dealing.

Although the headline says they were released because of unreasonable delays, Quebec Superior Court Judge James Brunton actually said "anticipated" delays would have prevented the men from having fair trials.

The judge criticized the provincial justice minister and the director of criminal prosecutions for simply assuming the justice system could handle such a large and complex case.

If this all seems a bit bizarre to you, welcome to the club and where do I get my immunity bikers' patch?

To educate yourself about the workings of criminal gangs, try out THE TRAZ, a novel as daring, raw, and spirited as the young heroine.  It’s exhilarating entertainment but it also contains a vital message for those on the cusp of maturity and for the adults who guide them.

To sample/buy The Traz:


Caroline Clemmons said...

I do not doubt the credibility of your plot at all. In fact, I remember a mother and father on TV talking about trying to find theit daughter. She was 13 and her mom let her off from an orthodontists appt. to walk to her dad's office a block away. A group of bikers forced her to go with them, and her parents never heard from ehr again. They traced her through the U.S. and Canada as she was passed from biker to biker. They thought they had found her, but a biker told them the girl in question did not remember her name or where she came from due to all the drugs she'd been given. Very scary.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I'm sure these things happen far too often. Good post.


Eileen Schuh: said...

Thank you both for commenting.

Yes, more of us ought to be aware of the true nature of gangs.

Sadly, gangs hold appeal to youngsters, especially those with a strong need for excitement and those with loose family and community connections. Gangs are increasingly recruiting the very young for various nefarious reasons. Law enforcement has recently issued several public pleas for community help in discouraging youth from joining gangs,. THE TRAZ is my literary response to that request.

A teen's insecurity and desire to belong coupled with the alluring power of the gang is irresistible to many youngsters. And there are always adults ready to take advantage of such wide-eyed and naive youngsters.

Gangs refer to themselves as family or a brotherhood, but I learned at an RCMP workshop on gangs, how they are anything but.

The differences between a gang and a family is one of the topics of discussion in the teaching guide that accompanies THE TRAZ.

THE TRAZ: available to sample or purchase at