Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime Of Dellen Millard And Mark Smich by Ann BrocklehurstDark Ambition: The Shocking Crime Of Dellen Millard And Mark Smich by Ann Brocklehurst

Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime Of Dellen Millard And Mark Smich

byAnn Brocklehurst

Hardcover | November 8, 2016

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Nonfiction Category
Longlisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors

Tim Bosma was a happy young father with a promising future when he listed his pickup truck for sale online, went for a test drive with two strangers, and never returned. The story of the Hamilton man’s strange disappearance in May 2013 captured headlines across the country and took over social media, resonating with everyone who had ever taken a test drive or bought and sold goods online. 
     When Dellen Millard and Mark Smich were eventually arrested and charged with Bosma’s murder, the mystery only deepened. Millard was the wealthy heir to an aviation business. Smich was his ne’er-do-well best friend from a middle-class family. There was no obvious reason why the pair had made it their deadly mission to steal a truck, murder its owner, and incinerate the body. Tim Bosma was their randomly chosen “thrill kill” target.
     Veteran journalist and private investigator Ann Brocklehurst had a front-row seat at Millard’s and Smich’s 2016 trial, where many of the questions about their shocking crime were finally answered. Others still linger, waiting to be further explained at two more murder trials set for 2017. Both Millard and Smich have been charged with the first-degree murder of Laura Babcock, who disappeared in summer 2012. And Millard alone faces murder charges in the death of his father, which previously has been ruled a suicide.
     Compelling and suspenseful, Dark Ambition chronicles an unfathomable crime and its chilling perpetrators.
ANN BROCKLEHURST is a veteran journalist, licensed private investigator and communications professional. Before working on the crime and courts beat, she reported from Berlin for the International Herald Tribune, worked on the Asia desk of Reuters News Agency in Hong Kong, and covered banking and finance in Toronto. She lives in Toront...
Title:Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime Of Dellen Millard And Mark SmichFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.29 × 6.24 × 1.25 inPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670070149

ISBN - 13:9780670070145

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating story This was a haunting and devastating case and this book provides a comprehensive overview of this senseless crime. Compelling read.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read such a story but so eye opening to be careful of who you trust
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gut wrenching While having seen the news and read the articles and followed the trial, I didn't expect this book to hit me so hard. It has such a powerful impact and breaks your heart for the Bosma family. I read true crime incessantly and I can honestly say, this was the first example that gave me nightmares. I found myself on dark side roads with Millard and Smich on more than one terrifying night and would awake shaking with fear. The complete senselessness and cruelty of this crime defies belief. I hope we as Canadians never have to bear witness to another diabolical event like this. I only hope that Tim Bosma had no idea what was about to happen and never saw it coming.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling and impeccably researched account of a heart-wrenching murder Like thousands of other Canadians, I have followed the horrifically tragic news of Tim Bosma's disappearance and shocking, senseless murder since May, 2013. Early on, I learned of Ann Brocklehurst's interest in the case as she investigated various aspects and then reported on them via her blog, newspaper articles and magazine articles. (Ann is a freelance journalist and a licensed private investigator.) I found Ann's writings to be astute and very well written, her investigation skills often providing her readers with new information that she alone uncovered. Ann also attended the pre-trial hearings for all individuals involved. Additionally she attended court daily throughout the 1st degree murder trial of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich. "Dark Ambition" has been a most compelling and fascinating read. Even though I have been keeping up with the case since 2013, and followed all the daily "live tweets" from reporters covering the trial, and read every single newspaper/magazine article, I have also learned many new facts from Ann's diligent research and investigation. I particularly liked that Ann so capably explained Michael Plaxton's use of reverse projection photogrammetry, something that I initially couldn't wrap my head around. Ann took the time to explain it in such a way that I was finally able to understand the procedure and have a WOW moment. It often takes a special person who possesses technical knowledge to be able to impart that knowledge in clear understandable terms to laypeople. Ann has that capability and I am grateful for that. I experienced similar WOW moments in other passages of "Dark Ambition." It is very skillfully written, presenting thoroughly-investigated facts. From time to time Ann will share her own perspective based on the facts. I always enjoy reading authors' personal perspectives as well as the facts -- all nourishing food for thought. When authors have invested so much of themselves and their time in researching, investigating and immersing themselves in a story, and once again in the skillful telling of their story, their perspectives are highly informed ones and can be invaluable, in my humble opinion. I also love that Ann hasn't written her book in the traditional format that the vast majority of true crime authors do. Generally they write in this order: First chapter is the crime; next few chapters are short bios of the victim's and perpetrator's lives; next few chapters cover the investigation; lastly the trial and its outcome. I can't think of a word that best conveys the style of Ann's telling of this tragic case ... perhaps blended? I can't put my finger on it, or dredge up the proper wording to describe it, but I love it. I can't recommend "Dark Ambition" highly enough. I sincerely hope that when the remainder of the trials are complete, possibly in 2017-18 (Millard's girlfriend Christina Noudga, originally charged with accessory to murder after the fact, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of obstructing justice by destruction of evidence on November 22, 2016 just after the release of "Dark Ambition"; Dellen Millard and Mark Smich for the 1st degree murder of Laura Babcock; Dellen Millard for the 1st degree murder of his father Wayne Millard) that Ann will re-release this fine book with updates for those trials. Or perhaps a new book will be in order? Regardless, I will most definitely pre-order it from Indigo. Kudos, Ann. (My heart and deepest thoughts to the Bosma family and all those whose lives were graced by Tim Bosma.)
Date published: 2016-11-29

Editorial Reviews

Shortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Nonfiction CategoryLonglisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors“What a terrific book this is—technically of the true-crime genre, but so lucid and calm, it raises the bar. In a world where uninformed opinion flourishes, author Ann Brocklehurst keeps her head and treats a ghastly story with facts, fairness and dignity.”—Christie Blatchford, National Post courts columnist and author of Life Science“Brocklehurst deftly pulls together the disturbing narrative of Tim Bosma’s murder and the trial of his killers. Dark Ambition avoids sensationalism while exploring a horrible, fathomless crime. A compelling page-turning read.”—Robyn Doolittle, Globe and Mail journalist and author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story