Patrick Brode was born in Windsor, Ontario. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1977 and has practiced law ever since. He has written five books on the history of law in Canada, including Sir John Beverley Robinson: Bone and Sinew of the Compact, which was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award, and The Odyssey of John Anderson, a finalist for the Trillium Award. The Slasher Killings: A Canadian Sex-Crimes Panic, 1945-1946, was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award. His most recent book, Border Cities Powerhouse: The Rise of Windsor, 1900-1945, was shortlisted for the 2017 Ontario Speaker’s Book Award.