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. 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. Edgar Hartery was one of a kind.