A vivid and meticulous true-crime story that exposes the deep fractures in a system that repeatedly fails to protect women, while tracking the once-cold trail of a murderer still at large.
Krystal Senyk was the kind of friend everybody wants: a reliable confidant, a handywoman of all trades, and an infectious creative with an adventurous spirit. Most importantly, she was tough as nails. So when her best friend needed support to leave her abusive husband, Ronald Bax, Krystal leapt into action.
But soon Krystal became the new outlet for Bax’s rage. He terrorized and intimidated her for months on end, and finally issued a chilling warning to her and his ex-wife: the hunt is on. Krystal was scared but she was smart: she reached out to the RCMP for a police escort home. The officer brushed her off.
Bax’s threat had been all too real. At 29 years old, the woman who seemed invincible—who was a beloved sister, daughter, and friend—was shot and killed at her home in the Yukon. Ronald Bax disappeared without a trace.
Three decades later, Eliza Robertson has re-opened the case. In compelling, vibrant prose, she works tirelessly to piece together Krystal’s story, retracing the dire failings of Canadian law enforcement and Bax’s last steps. I Got a Name uses one woman’s tragic story to boldly interrogate themes of gender-based violence and the pervasive issues that plague our society. In this riveting true-crime story about victimhood, power, and control, Robertson examines the broken system in place, and asks: if it isn’t looking out for the vulnerable, the threatened, the hunted—who among us is it protecting?
About the Author
ELIZA ROBERTSON attended the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and Journey Prize. Her novel Demi-Gods won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Her first story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award and selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. In 2015, she was named one of five emerging writers for the Writers’ Trust Five x Five program. She lives in Montreal. MYLES DOLPHIN is a communications specialist and a former journalist in all three Canadian territories. Newspapers he has worked for include the Hay River Hub, Nunavut News and Yukon News. He currently lives in Victoria, B.C. with his wife Aimee and Pomeranian Bobbi. I Got a Name is his first book collaboration.
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Praise for I Got a Name:
“I Got a Name is a chilling story that transcends the true crime procedural it might have been to offer a heartfelt and sobering contemplation on the horrors of intimate partner violence and misogyny. Robertson takes us on a journey from the far north to the deep south to show how the dismissal of gender-based violence by those tasked with public protection has continued to put lives at risk, and exact a terrible price.” —Pauline Dakin, author of Run, Hide, Repeat
“Beyond its investigation of a murder and a disappearance, I Got a Name gives readers a flickering evocation of who Krystal Senyk was: her wit, kindness, frankness, independence, her existence. A profound and valuable look at the endless impacts of violence.” —Nathan Ripley, author of Find You in the Dark