My latest book, The Pickton File, which will be out later this month from Knopf Canada, is a first-person account of working on the Missing Women/Pickton story for five years. It begins with the research plan for a story across the country – a story that required me to move to Vancouver part-time – and find the people who could tell me what happened.

Publication bans are still in force and Willie Pickton’s first trial, on six counts of first degree murder, is still under way so it isn’t possible – yet – to tell the whole story.

So what I have done here, while I describe the process of investigating this story, is give you a guide to the unfolding events and the players: Willie Pickton and his family, the lawyers on both sides, the victims’ families and even the journalists who are covering the unfolding case.

I also take you into the Downtown Eastside, home to the women who disappeared, and tell you what their lives were like. And I take you out to the infamous Pickton farm, to Piggy’s Palace where Willie and his brother Dave hosted riotous parties and to the nearby Hells Angels clubhouse.

Most of the photographs you see in this book are ones I have taken over the years; a few came from friends and two new ones – one of Dave Pickton, Willie’s younger brother, and one of Piggy’s Palace, came from Global Television. Court artist Jane Wolsak provided three illustrations.

And there are several maps to help you understand the geography of this story including a map of the Downtown Eastside, another of Willie Pickton’s route from his home in Port Coquitlam to downtown Vancouver, a map of his farm and even a diagram of the interior of his trailer.