Better the Devil You Know

By Betty Keller

Categories: Fiction
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9781894759700, January 2012


Set in Vancouver in 1907, Better the Devil You Know is the outrageous tale of three unique and curious characters: the small-time con man who passes himself off as an evangelical preacher, the scrawny lady of the night whom he reluctantly befriends, and the five-year-old hellion left in his care by a former lady friend. In the course of their adventures, these three misfits become involved with a larcenous lingerie salesman, a Klondike miner bent on recovering his stolen poke, a madam intent on revenge for past wrongs, a pugilistic lady barkeep, two doctors determined to acquire a cadaver of their own, a handful of incompetent and corrupt cops, and a piano teacher with reforming zeal. The pace is riotous, the action continuous, and nobody' good or bad'ever gets a break.


"An outrageous romp of a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver when Gastown was still the hub of the fast-evolving city."

—Beth Haysom, Times Colonist