Edgar Hartery wasn t rich and famous. He was a little boy who grew up in foster homes and Mount Cashel Orphanage. He laboured all his life with a speech impediment, a voice as gruff as a wounded bear. He had limited education. He was physically abused as a young teen. His first job was shining shoes at Confederation Building in St. John s. Dan Reardon has put pen to paper to tell how his long-time friend became a St. John s legend, a man who rose above his lonely, tormented youth to forge his own life on his own terms. A bold, unforgettable character called friend by paupers and premiers. His strength and spirit could not be denied. Edgar Hartery was one of a kind.