Jack Batten is a Canadian author best known for writing the Crang Mystery series of books. Batten had mostly written non-fiction until the 1980s when he began writing his fiction series. The Crang series began in 1987 with the release of Crang Plays the Ace.

Prior to his work as an author, Batten was a lawyer in Toronto. He considered this to be unhappy years and eventually left to pursue a career in writing. He wrote many non-fiction books about the law and court cases in Canada before turning to fiction.

Publication Order of A Crang Mystery Books

Crang Plays the Ace (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Straight No Chaser (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Riviera Blues (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Count (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Take Five (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Keeper of the Flame (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Booking In (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Inside Story of Conn Smythe's Hockey Dynasty (1969)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Champions (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Honest Ed's Story (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Leafs in Autumn (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Complete Jogger (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Canada Moves Westward, 1880/1890 (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
LAWYERS. (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In court (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Robinette, The Dean Of Canadian Lawyers (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Judges (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Everyday Law (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
On Trial (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rosedale: The First 100 Years of Rosedale Golf Club (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Maple Leafs (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hoopla (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Canada at the Olympics (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mind Over Murder (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A History of Bennett Jones Verchere (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hockey Dynasties (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Annex (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Brilliant and Appalling Life (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Learned Friends (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Silent in An Evil Time (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The War to End All Wars (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oscar Peterson (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Crang Plays the Ace introduces us to Crang, a criminal laywer who loves jazz, old movies, vodka, and his girlfriend Annie. He’s a “wise-cracking WASP” who goes more off of his own code than the Law Society of Upper Canada. The kind of clients that he usually gets are small-time criminals who are usually guilty and he likes it that way. These clients are grateful when he gets them off. However, this case is a bit different when a wealthy financier comes in with a unique problem: his $300,000 investment in Ace Disposal Services is too profitable.

Batten is also the author of Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell. The story follows the nurse and resistance fighter, Edith Cavell. She was a matron of an institute for nurses at the beginning of World War I. With her intelligence and sense of duty, she was able to transform the institute into a leading training center. When an organization was formed to assist British and French soldiers trapped behind German lines, Edith was asked to help. Her hospital was used to shelter escaping soldiers and keep them from the Germans, arranging a secret route through Holland. Edith was responsible for a thousand soldiers making their way home, but she was eventually caught and would become a rallying point for the war.

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