The Raids
298 Pages

The Raids



It’s spring, 1963 in the “Nickel Capital of the World.” Nineteen-year-old Jake McCool is about to undergo a rite of passage—his first shift underground in a hard rock mine. But the Cold War is at its height, and Jake is also about to become a reluctant participant in a bitter inter-union battle fuelled by the global struggle between two ideologies in the wake of the Second World War. So is his girlfriend, Jo Ann Winters. Together the couple will be swept up in a web of intrigue; at its centre is a terrible secret that will haunt their relationship for the rest of their lives, as their hometown becomes not only one of the world’s greatest hard rock mining centres, but also the epicenter of the Cold War in North America.



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Published 27 March 2014
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EAN13 9781771860178
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The Raids The Nickel Range Trilogy • Volume 1
The Raids
mick lowe
The Raids The Nickel Range Trilogy • Volume 1
© Mick Lowe 2014
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Cover painting, “Hardrock,” back cover illustration “The Siege of the M ine Mill Local 598 Hall ” by Oryst Sawchuk Cover by Folio infographie A ll illustrations by Oryst Sawchuk Book design by Folio infographie
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List of Illustrations by Oryst Sawchuk
PART ONE Jake, Ascending  1 Jake, Ascending  2 Big Bill’s Young Lad  3 Jacob Hamish McCool  4 Jacob in the Whale  5 The McCools Ride Again  6 Into the Night  7 Crossing the Rubicon PART TWO To Catch a Killer  8 Is Bob Dylan a Communist?  9 Brother in Arms 10 Participatory Thuggery 11 Burden to Bear 12 Gilpin 13 To Catch a Killer (I) 14 Rivers of Fire 15 The President Hotel Caper 16 The $64,000 Question 17 Gilpin Muses 18 Two Disappearances
15 39 41 44 49 51 54
61 67 72 76 79 85 90 95 98 99 103
PART THREE In the Upper Country 19 A Skating Rink in Hell 20 Jake Banks the Bonus PART FOUR Into the Middle Country
21 22 23 24
An Offer They Couldn’t Refuse Cracks, Slips, Fissures and Gaps Terra Incognita Halftime Show
PART FIVE Insurgents in Power 25 Insurgents in Power 26 Tightening the Screws 27 Job Interview 28 Déjà Vu All Over Again 29 Spike’s Plants Come Home to Roost 30 The Siege of the Mine Mill Hall 31 The Siege Is Lifted 32 A Night on The Town 33 Summer in the City 34 To Catch a Killer (II) 35 The Old Provo’s Trick 36 The Man Who Never Was 37 The GoGo Boys 38 A Fire in the Dark 39 Jake’s Last Shift Acknowledgements
109 113
127 130 139 146
155 163 170 176 183 215 228 248 261 264 271 275 278 280 282 293
For Anita, through it all, Still my Sky. Still your Slim.
AUTHOR’S NOTE:The Raidsis a work of fiction, based on actual events that occurred in my adopted hometown, Sudbury, Ontario, at the height of the Cold War, well within the living memory of many mature Sudburians … The author anticipates the reader will inevitably be tempted to ask: “Did this really happen?” To which the author will reply “This is a work of fiction, and besides, you’re asking the wrong question, rather than the right one: ‘Could this actually have happened?’” To which the author replies, “Emphatically, yes.” Although I have taken liberties with time—compress ing many actual events of the raids, which lasted for half a decade in the 1960s, into a single year. No one actually died during the Steel raids—or, rather, no such murders were ever reported during this turbu lent time. However … All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
List of Illustrations by Oryst Sawchuk
Downtown Area Sudbury, circa 1963
Mine Mill Local 598 Hall
Coulson Hotel with ‘57 Chevy Biscayne
Queen’s Athletic Park
Provincial Courthouse
The Siege of the Mine Mill Local 598 Hall
12 58 71 154 182 292