John Ballem Q.C., LL.D.
John Ballem Q.C., LL.D.

February 2, 1925 - January 9, 2010

John Ballem, beloved husband of Mrs. Grace (Flavelle) Ballem of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the age of 84 years.

In addition to Grace, his loving wife of 58 years, John is survived by his children, Peter Ballem, Flavelle Ballem (Eileen), Mercedes Ballem (Jacques) and John Ballem (Jacqueline); two grandchildren Alexis and Lliam Ballem. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Miller Ballem.

John was a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, the Probus Club of Calgary and the Air Crew Association of Alberta: Southern Alberta Branch. In 2009, the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association of Alberta awarded John the Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship.


  1. The Devil's Lighter
  2. The Dirty Scenario
  3. The Judas Conspiracy (reissued as Alberta Alone)
  4. The Moon Pool
  5. Sacrifice Play
  6. The Marigot Run
  7. Oilpatch Empire
  8. Death Spiral
  9. The Barons
  10. Manchineel
  11. Murder as a Fine Art
  12. The Oil Patch Quartet (An Omnibus of four novels)
  13. A Victim of Convenience
  14. Murder On The Bow (spring 2010)

Poetry - Lovers & Friends, The Natural World