Brooklyn-raised Terry Gould, born in New York City in 1949, graduated from New York City University at age 21. His bio material states he is the grandson of a Jewish mobster. He married and came to B.C. to homestead on 160 wilderness acres near Telkwa, B.C. There he wrote a short story collection, How The Blind Make Love, published by Dona Sturmanis' short-lived Orca Sound Books. He subsequently moved to Vancouver and began his career as a freelance writer, winning more than 40 awards and honours for his work.

As a non-fiction author Gould first published The Lifestyle: A Look at Erotic Rites of Swingers (Random House, 1999). With a voluptuous jacket detail from 'The Worship of Venus' depicting naked couples, one might assume Terry Gould's look at the erotic rites of swingers would contain some racy bits. In fact, Gould's decade-long investigation into the normalcy of group sex practices in North America is sociological and ostensibly objective--the investigative journalist as scientific voyeur.

The Lifestyle was followed by Paper Fan: The Hunt for Triad Gangster Steven Wong (Random House, 2004 $34.95), based on eleven years of research. The subject is a New York-raised gangster known as the 'paper fan' who headed the Gum Wah Gang from Vancouver in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1990 Gould knocked on the door of Wong's Vancouver mansion and secretly recorded their conversation for a two-part CBC TV exposé about the "destroyer of lives who became my life's work, my life's study, my obsession." Gould's reporting encouraged the RCMP to investigate further. Gould was placed within a witness protection program and Wong was arrested for his alleged role in heroin trafficking. While awaiting trial, Wong took out a million-dollar insurance policy, persuaded a B.C. judge to give him back his passport and fled the country. In 1992 Wong reportedly died in a traffic accident in the Philippines. An urn was interred in a Vancouver cemetery, but Gould tracked Wong's suspected activities in six countries, almost persuading authorities to nab him four times. Each time local corruption became a mitigating factor in the pursuit. Interpol issued a Red Alert arrest warrant for Wong and Gould's quest continues.

In the aftermath of his own investigation of Triad gangster Steven Wong, during which he entered the RCMP's witness protection program, Terry Gould travelled to Colombia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Russia and Iraq for Murder Without Borders (Random House 2009), a celebratory investigation of journalists who knowingly risk their lives to conduct their work for the public good. Most of the 700 journalists known to have been killed in the line of duty around the world since 1992 have sought to unveil local corruption and violence. Rather than focus upon those who murder truth tellers, Gould converses with stubbornly heroic journalists and their families to understand the complex reasons for their conspicuous bravery. Gould cites playwright and Czech politician Vaclav Havel who wrote, "I am not interested in why man commits evil; I want to know why he does good."


How The Blind Make Love (Orca Sound Books, 1984)
The Lifestyle: A Look at Erotic Rites of Swingers (Random House, 1999)
Paper Fan: The Hunt for Triad Gangster Steven Wong (Random House, 2004)
Murder Without Borders (Random House 2009) 978-0-679-31470-7 $34.95
Worth Dying For: Canada's Mission to Train Police in the World's Failing States (Penguin House 2014) $32 978-0-307-36064-9

[Alan Twigg / BCBW 2014] "Crime" "Sex" "Journalism"