JOE FRIESEN is a reporter at the Globe and Mail. He began his career in the Toronto newsroom covering crime and went on to write a series on the Jane-Finch area called The Neighbourhood. In 2006 he was named Prairie bureau chief based in Winnipeg, and since 2010 has reported on Canada's changing population as the paper's demographics reporter. In between, he also covered the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of terrorist attacks in London, and natural disasters in the US. Born in Winnipeg, he is a graduate of McGill University, Goldsmiths College London, and Ryerson University. He lives with his family in Toronto.
"The Ballad of Danny Wolfe is the first great book about our country's indigenous street gangs in general, and the creation and rise of the Indian Posse in particular, that I've come across. Fascinating, balanced, and impeccably researched, this is a must-read for Canadians who better wish to understand the contemporary impact and fallout of our disastrous residential school history." Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda
"The Ballad of Danny Wolfe is what you get when you combine the talents of Joe Friesen - a meticulous reporter, and an effortlessly graceful writer - with the unstoppably gripping story of one of the most daring, compelling and deadly criminals in Canadian and First Nations history. I dare you to put it down." Ian Brown, author of The Boy in the Moon
"Joe Friesen's impeccably written, exhaustively researched account of life within the Indian Posse street gang is an enthralling page-turner. Fast-paced and fascinating, you won't be able to put it down." Robyn Doolittle, author of Crazy Town
"An important, troubling topic deftly handled by an important journalist. The Ballad of Danny Wolfe is a triumph of journalism about a failure of society." Peter Edwards, co-author of Business or Blood and author of One Dead Indian