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One Friday, Vancouver lawyer Paul Brenner has dinner with his son, Daniel. They talk about work, health, money, and music, and part ways. The following evening, Paul receives the phone call that is every parent’s worst nightmare: Daniel has been killed in Stanley Park. Hold Me Now is an unflinching portrayal of a father's grief, as Paul learns how very different the new world-a world without his son-will be for him. The investigation of Daniel's murder, the trial, and the sentencing of the killer test Paul's faith in the legal system. As both the media and public protest the overt role homophobia played in Daniel's death, Paul struggles to cope, and begins to form reckless and dangerous habits. But with the love of two people in his life who sustain him-his mother, Jean, and his daughter, Elizabeth-he begins to comprehend an incomprehensible tragedy, and forgive an unforgiveable crime.

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    Hold Me Now

    A very powerful story of a senseless and callous murder of a young gay Vancouver man in Stanley Park. The story, told from the perspective of the grieving father, is very touching, and difficult at times. I remember reading the news reports of this murder at the time and the anger that they evoked in me. To see this again in this way brought those feelings back as well as the sympathy that I feel for his family. More than once this tale brought tears to my eyes and I had to put it down long enough to recover and move on.

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