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Gold mining, Northern Ontario, Gold heist, Kidnapping, Black market, Industry drama, Newly rich

The Crackerjacks
by Mike Dupont


(ˈkræk ərˌdʒæk)

n. a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.

The Knoxgold mining company has cheated Joe McDonald and his crew out of their hard-earned bonus, and there’s nothing that they can do about it — until they discover an unknown gold-vein deep inside the mine. Together, they devise a plan to get it past security.

The Crackerjacks are mining experts, but do they have what it takes to deal with the world of illicit gold trading?

“A friendly, approachable style and a knack for building tension in a scene that most writers really struggle with. Great work! Thank you for sharing this exciting and unique story.”

- Eric Anderson editor, Friesen Press

"The novel painstakingly details the process as the original trio take out the gold, which provides a notable precursor to the ultimate collapse of the careful scheme . . . The ending wraps up everything in a nice bow, but Dupont makes it abundantly clear that greed doesn’t lead to a happy resolution for everyone. A noteworthy, delightful tale of a deceptively complicated plan . . ."

- Kirkus Review

"This complex story is full of looming moral questions and interesting plot twists. The Crackerjacks is an engrossing page-turner by mine operator, maritime enthusiast, and photographer Mike Dupont. The novel deftly illustrates how one questionable decision can lead to much future trouble."

- Clarion Foreword

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Mike Dupont holds a Geology Technician Diploma, is a Master of Photographic Arts, an accomplished yacht captain, and a helicopter pilot. Currently working in the mines of Nunavik in the far north and still active with photography assignments, he appreciates spending a few months with his wife in the tropics every winter. The rest of the time, they’re either cruising on Lake Huron or living in Sudbury, Ontario, with their children and grandchildren close by.


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