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This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man

Spring 2019, Greystone Books

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Since he was a small child, Lorimer Shenher knew something for certain: he was a boy. The problem was, he was growing up in a girl’s body.

In this candid and thoughtful memoir, Shenher shares the story of his gender journey, from childhood gender dysphoria to teenage sexual experimentation to early-adult denial of his identity—and finally the acceptance that he is trans, culminating in gender reassignment surgery in his fifties. Along the way, he details his childhood in booming Calgary, his struggles with alcohol, and his eventual move to Vancouver, where he became the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton (the subject of his critically acclaimed book That Lonely Section of Hell). With warmth and openness, This One Looks Like A Boy takes us through one of the most important decisions Shenher will ever make, as he comes into his own and finally discovers acceptance and relief.

That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away

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In That Lonely Section of Hell, ex-police detective Lori Shenher (who transitioned to male in 2015 and is now known as Lorimer) describes his role in Vancouver’s infamous Missing and Murdered Women Investigation and his years-long struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of working on the case. From his first assignment in 1998 to explore an increase in the number of missing women to the harrowing 2002 interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, Shenher tells a story of massive police failure—failure of the police to use the information about Pickton available to them, failure to understand the dark world of drug addiction and sex work, and failure to save more women from their killer. That Lonely Section of Hell passionately pursues the deeper truths behind the causes of this tragedy and the myriad ways the system failed to protect vulnerable people.

  • 2015 Globe & Mail Top 100 Book
  • 2016 BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans Award for non-fiction nominee
  • 2016 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award nominee
  • 2016 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for non-fiction shortlist
  • 2016 Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction shortlist
  • 2016 City of Vancouver Book Award finalist

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