Even though this book is about a kidnapping that really happen, to John Labatt ( The owner of Labbat's brewery. ) in 1934 some parts in this book are funny. This is due to the fact that the kidnappers made so many stupid mistakes that one can not help but laugh, even though the subject matter is so serious. One problem I did have with this book is that the writer ( Susan Goldenberg ) has a bad habit of going off on tangents. For example, she wasted a lot of ink and paper going on and on about the history of the court building in London Ontario. Even worst was when she Babbled on and on, about the family tree of one of the judges. She wasted roughly 7 to 10 pages with that nonsense. On the positive side, I must say her writing about trial it self was excellent. She also did excellent job writing the after word at the end of book. in spite of this books faults, it is still a good book, worth reading.