On October 1, 1917, liquor prohibition came into effect in British Columbia. Washington and Oregon had gone dry the previous year. What happened then – and what has happened in the decades since – makes for a captivating reading. Here are tales of deadly conflict, legal chaos and public consternation featuring a lively cast of clever bootleggers, risk-taking rum-runners, zealous churchmen, corrupt politicians and frustrated drinkers who defied the law on both sides of the border. This is an action-filled account of liquor and lawlessness on the West Coast and the legacy of “booze battles” that continues into the 21st century.