Trends in Organized Crime

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 362–364 | Cite as

Stephen R. Schneider, Iced: the story of organized crime in Canada

Mississauga, Ontario: John Wiley & Sons, Canada, 2009, 608 pp.; CAN $29.95 (softcover), ISBN: 978-0-470-83500-5
  • Cameron N. McIntoshEmail author

Stephen Schneider’s book, Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada, ended up being twice as long as he originally planned, with a bibliography that necessitated a separate online document (freely downloadable at: None of this is surprising, however, given the scope of the material he set out to consolidate in this impressive chronicle of Canada’s underworld.

The first stop for Schneider’s time machine is the late 1500s, where he details the exploits of Canada’s premier criminal organizations: pirates off the Eastern seaboard. When we arrive in the 19th century, we meet the various gangs of thieves and smugglers who plied their trade on the Canadian plains, as well as a number of fraudsters who operated in larger urban centers. The second part of the book takes us through the dark side of the early 20th century, beginning with the terrorization of Italian immigrant communities by the infamous “Black Hand” extortionists, moving on...



Although the author is an employee of Public Safety Canada, the views expressed herein are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Public Safety Canada or the Government of Canada.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law Enforcement and Policing BranchPublic Safety CanadaOttawaCanada

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