JIM POLING Sr. is the author of two histories on outdoors themes, The Canoe: An Illustrated History and The Decoy. In 2003 he published his first collection of short stories, titled Lights in Dark Forests. He is a frequent contributor to Cottage Life magazine. He lives in Alliston, Ontario, but spends much of his time at his cottage not far from the Algonquin Park west boundary. He is the retired general manager and editor of The Canadian Press news agency.
Tom Thomson is perhaps Canada's most famous artist. His short and glorious career was abruptly and brutally ended on July 8, 1917. Since the recovery of Thomson's body, theories as to the cause of his death -- accident? murder? -- have preoccupied sleuths for close to 100 years