Release Date: 01 January 2006
There is a breed of man who never settles, can't stop running, doesn't fit in. Such men thrive on adventure and the freedom of vast, open spaces. Johnny Conrad Johnson was one such desperado, a man who defied a combined force of trappers and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a forty-eight-day running battle along the Arctic Circle. He engaged in four shoot-outs with his pursuers, before being fatally wounded on February 17, 1932. Dick North, the award-winning author of "The Mad Trapper of Rat River, re-creates Johnson's life story, a chronicle of robberies and escapes through the wilderness of North America, all leading up to one of the most famous manhunts in history.
Johnny Johnson, a Norwegian emigre, became an outlaw at an early age. He had twice been arrested for stealing horses in Wyoming and California and once for robbing a bank in Montana. He then drifted into the wilds of British Columbia, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories in order to trap, look for gold, and keep to himself. A loner in every way, he rarely joined others around a campfire. Was he to be condemned or pitied? Was his death symbolic of the loss of the wilderness that once was? The Man Who Didn't Fit In is a story that embodies the American spirit of rugged individualism and self-reliance. With a cast of vivid characters and a series of exciting plot twists, the tale follows Johnson all over the North in his flight to escape the law, his past, and in many instances, his own imagination and fear.
The fierce independence and unruly freedom that typified his life are the qualities that have made Johnson a legendary figure. The Man Who Didn't Fit In invokes the wilderness of times gone by and invitesreaders to engage in the search for Johnny Conrad Johnson.
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