Edmond Gagnon is a retired police detective who has become a published author. After his thirty-one year career he took to travelling the world by plane, train, and motorcycle. His musings while traveling abroad became a collection of short stories, and eventually his first book called, A Casual Traveler.
Readers enjoyed Edmond Gagnon’s travel stories, saying he made them feel as if they were there with him, exploring new places. It was the confirmation he needed to continue his writing as a hobby. Also, Edmond keeps up a blog on life and his travels.
Passion for Writing Books
Discovering his new-found passion for writing, Edmond wanted to share some of the many police situations he’d experienced during all those years working the street. Upon retiring, Edmond Gagnon was told he had more confidential informants than anyone else on the job. That was his inspiration to write Rat, a crime fiction novel that followed his career and interaction with different sources who helped to solve cases.
Story Teller, Author and More
Edmond Gagnon was never a great (verbal) storyteller, but by using his old notebooks and searching his memory, he was able to put pen to paper and describe the many events and characters he met over the years. There are many things behind the scenes that the public is not aware of, and Edmond thought some of the crime stories should be told. Because of the sensitive nature of certain events and people involved, he fictionalized the stories and characters. That was the fun part, filling the gaps with his imagination to form great books.
Rat, Bloody Friday, Torch, Finding Hope and Border City Chronicles are all crime stories based on real events and characters that Edmond Gagnon encountered during his career in policing. Modeling his main character on himself, he made the books part of his Norm Strom Crime Series.
All These Crooked Streets is a crime anthology written with fellow author’s Ben Van Dongen and Christian Laforet. Edmond’s story is a cold case, written with some of the characters from his books in his Norm Strom Crime Series.
Writing a Paranormal Thriller
Always looking for new ways to challenge himself, Edmond Gagnon took his writing up a notch by switching genres again and writing the paranormal thriller novella called, Four. He blended some of his personal experiences with researched facts and fiction. The book is intended to entertain and test your beliefs at the same time.
While sitting around a campfire at their cottage in Northern Michigan, Kevin Jordan and his son, Timothy, witness strange and paranormal happenings in the starry sky. Timothy is introduced to friends of his father; three men, each from a different corner of the world.
Throughout the night he learns how unexplained events in their lives brought them all together. The Young man is skeptical of their fantastic stories and unique adventures. But when extraordinary things begin to happen on his own familiar shoreline, he must reconsider his thinking.
Four is a paranormal thriller that will have you questioning your own beliefs.
Border City Chronicles
There is no wall separating the United States from Canada. A river marks the border between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. The bridge and tunnel that link the two cities make up the busiest international crossings in North America. Together, they once owned bragging rights as the automotive capital of the world.
Both known as blue collar municipalities, Detroit and Windsor have more than the production of automobiles in common. Murder. The American metropolis once led the nation in killings per capita. Although a fraction of its neighbor’s size, Windsor has its share of homicides.
Border City Chronicles is a collection of three Norm Strom crime fiction stories, all tales of murder. Baby Shay and Designated Hitters take place in two gritty Windsor neighborhoods. Knock-Out happens in the bowels of Detroit. Follow Norm Strom, his informants and fellow cops, while they slip into the underbellies of the motor cities to seek justice for their victims of homicide.
The Highway of Tears is real. Since 1969, there have been over 1,200 women reported missing in north-western Canada. 23 of those women disappeared along the stretch of Trans Canada Highway #16, which runs from Prince George to Prince Rupert, in British Columbia.
Finding Hope is the story of one woman, who goes missing after leaving Jasper, on her way home to see her daughter in Stewart, B.C. She is well aware of the notorious Highway of Tears, and the serial killers that use the road as their hunting ground.
Retired Police Detective Norm Strom rides his motorcycle from Calgary to Hyder, Alaska, and meets Hope Lachance in Jasper, before she is reported missing. For his own personal reasons, Strom reaches out to the RCMP, offering his help in finding Hope.
Arson Detective Norm Strom is always one step behind a serial arsonist who is responsible for burning several buildings in the city. He tracks down known arsonist and criminal Johnny Eagle and turns him into his informant, hoping to use one torch to catch another.
Eagle tells all, revealing the pleasure and satisfaction that he gets from setting and watching a raging inferno. Detective Strom relies on Eagle and his other informants to help him discover the true identity of the serial arsonist.
To keep the cops off his back, Johnny Eagle rats on his own friends. Is he playing with fire on both sides of the fence? Detective Strom and Johnny Eagle both tell the story, putting the reader in the middle of a dangerous game of cat and rat.
Best Friends Patrick Kelly and Jimmy Flynn from Belfast, share a common dream of a better life beyond the borders of their small island. In his quest to see the world, Patrick Kelly joins the military. He’s sent to VietNam to fight the spread of communism. Jimmy Flynn is mad at the world and he joins the IRA. He fights a war against his own countrymen, in the name of religion.
Norm Strom joins one of the largest street gangs in the world, becoming a city cop. He learns the true value of police informants in his fight against crime.
The story begins on Bloody Friday, in Belfast, Ireland, and follows the characters to places like the jungle in Cambodia, and cities like Boston, Detroit, Toronto, and Windsor. Their personal lives and relationships unfold and intersect with each other, both in love and war. Women, drugs, and guns are the common denominator that eventually draws them all together for a fatal reunion. In their individual endeavors to either fight crime, or profit from it, one of them will have to pay the ultimate price.
Rat is the street name for a confidential police informant. Police Officer Norm Strom had several and counted on them for important information in narcotics and criminal investigations.
Stories about these individuals give an insight as to who there are, where they come from, and the dangers they face helping the police. People snitch for a variety of reasons, and receive cash or consideration for their own criminal charges in return. Some become police agents under contract.
Rat takes you into the underbelly of society, where drug dealers, prostitutes, and murders ply their trade. It also gives an insight to the men and women who hunt them for a living. Follow Norm Strom’s storied career and learn how he used his arsenal of informants to fight crime.
All These Crooked Streets
The streets we walk lead to many different places:
A strip club off the highway during a blizzard.
A cold case, thirty years unsolved.
A photographer, in over his head.
Three tales of bad decisions, poor choices and the lure of easy money. The three Crime Novellas from authors Christian Laforet, Edmond Gagnon and Ben Van Dongen shine a spotlight on the seedy underworld hiding around the corner and in the shadows. It’s easy to become lost on All These Crooked Streets.
A Casual Traveler
A collection of short stories and poems that chronicle Edmond Gagnon’s adventures and misadventures around the world. Let him take you to exotic countries in Southeast Asia and Central of South America, to explore great cities like Buenos Aires or Seattle, and ancient sites like Angkor Wat or Machu Picchu.
He’ll introduce you to interesting people from around the globe, and share culinary experiences with strange and gourmet food. Sail with him on a wooden Junk boat in HaLong Bay. Take an exhilarating motorcycle ride across the country or to the top of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains.
Get off the beaten path, he dares you. Follow Edmond Gagnon to places that you have only dreamed of. Take a trip with A Casual Traveler.