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Bestselling Author Charles Scheideman will Appear in his Hometown.

Posted: Monday, July 4, 2011 at 5:44pm

Charles Scheideman, the Victoria author who wrote Policing the Fringe, has a new bestselling book of strange and intriguing stories, recounted from twenty-seven years patrolling small towns as a member of the RCMP. Tragedy on Jackass Mountain: More Stories from a Small-Town Mountie has the same wry sense of humour and is full of Shneideman's experiences from the absurd to the tragic.

Charles will be giving a book signing at Tanner's Books in Sidney on Saturday, July 16, from 1 to 3pm.

For more information, contact Tanner's Books at (250) 656-2345.

Charles’ new bestselling book is full of characters such as the transport truck driver whose trailer would have rolled over on a treacherous turn on the TransCanada Highway west of Kamloops if it hadn’t hit a Greyhound bus in the side halfway through tipping, the force of which pushed it back upright, and who just kept on driving, claiming he hadn’t noticed anything had happened. Or the lone officer who took on three legendary hard-fighting drunks, earning him the respect of the citizens of Prince George, including the louts he single-handedly flattened. Here too are stories conveying the sad truth and tragic consequences of all-too-common alcohol abuse, such as when an innocent man survived an alcohol-induced multi-vehicle accident on Jackass Mountain—twice—only to be taken by a determined Grim Reaper as he aided another motorist. Scheideman illustrates that “fate looks after some of us” in another story where the extremely drunk driver and passengers of a violent single car accident miraculously survive.


This book bristles with unforgettable stories and leaves the reader with renewed admiration and wonder for the men and women who uphold the law in some of BC’s more lawless regions.

Charles Scheideman grew up on a farm near Stony Plain, Alberta and joined the RCMP when he was 21, serving in seven different communities in rural British Columbia. After leaving the force in 1989, he worked for the British Columbia government in Victoria, BC, where he still lives with his wife, Patricia.