James Arnett has been a senior partner in a major Canadian law firm in Toronto and Washington, DC, CEO of a major public company based in Montreal and Chair of an Ontario public utility. He has advised the Government of Canada and the Premier of Ontario. He was born and raised in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba and Harvard Law School. He lives with his wife, Alix, in Toronto. This is his first work of fiction.
"James Arnett is the author of BEAN FATE, a novel based on a true crime, centered in the village of Bienfait in Saskatchewan, but involving towns in North Dakota as well. It's the story of a prohibition-era murder investigated by a rookie cop." Prairie Public Broadcast, PBS, Fargo North Dakota "Booze, bullets, and famous names wrapped up in a page turner of a book. I could not put it down." Don Newman, Broadcaster and Journalist "BEAN FATE is about the famous Bronfman family who were engaged in rum running during prohibition in the United States, and the notorious murder of a member of their family in the town of Bienfait in 1922. James Arnett has accurately captured the times and vividly described real people and their relationships. BEAN FATE reminded me of reading W.O. Mitchell's "Who Has Seen the Wind," a story of a young boy growing up in Saskatchewan in the 1930s. Arnett's novel paints a picture of the times of Saskatchewan and the high-risk adventures of the Bronfmans and their interaction with the Chicago mafia. It is a story well worth telling and one that is well told." Hon. Marshall Rothstein Former Judge, Supreme Court of Canada "At just over 200 pages, BEAN FATE is a brisk read and feels a bit like a Canadian counterpart to HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Overall, it is well-written, well-researched and quite absorbing." Winnipeg Free Press "1920s Saskatchewan is anything but boring in BEAN FATE, a rollicking good read based on a real-life prohibition-era incident. James Arnett deftly captures the period and its characters, set against the background of a porous Canadian American border and the flow of illegal booze." Bill Waiser, Historian and Author "This book has everything that people like. This should be on Netflix." Sauga 960 AM Radio "James Arnett's first novel is a Saskatchewan true crime story. Bootlegging, corruption, and murder in Saskatchewan's 1920s were the inspiration behind BEAN FATE." Regina Leader-Post