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Book Title: Crime Wave: Con Men, Rogues and Scoundrels from Nova Scotia's Past|
The author of the book: Dean Jobb
Edition: Pottersfield Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780919001688
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We bought this book in a odd little bookstore in Lunenburg. Because what better way to learn about Nova Scotia than through its criminal underbelly? I'll admit, my expectations were low (chock that up to my cocky US belief that we corner the market on gory murder and mayhem - I thought quaint little Nova Scotia was out of its league), but this book surprised me and completely sucked me in. A trained journalist, Jobb offers well-researched, swiftly moving accounts of 13 of the Province's worst crimes, cons, murders, and mutinies. Did you know 28 people died when the Queen Hotel burned because the owner had cheaped out on fire safety protocols (it was 1939, a Depression was on, and fire standards were both very low and very very poorly enforced)? Did you know someone walked out of the Bank of Nova Scotia with $22,000 in 1876 while P.T. Barnum's circus parade marched by? Did you know how brutal a mutiny could be? I do! And you could, too, provided you get to Lunenburg and buy a copy of this book!
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Read information about the authorI’m drawn to fascinating people and events that have been overlooked or forgotten – hidden gems tucked away in the attics of history, stories waiting to be told. Ideas and inspiration can come from a footnote in a book, a museum exhibit or a reference in the news. I discovered the subject of my latest book, Empire of Deception – Leo Koretz and his amazing oil swindle in 1920s Chicago – while doing research on another subject. I spotted a reference to his arrest in Nova Scotia and I knew instantly it was a great story.
My previous books include The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph, which chronicles the expulsion of French-speaking Acadians from Eastern Canada more than two centuries ago and the founding of Louisiana’s Cajun culture. Calculated Risk is an investigation into a 1992 explosion that killed twenty-six Nova Scotia coal miners and led to sweeping reforms to workplace safety laws. I was a reporter, editor and columnist with Halifax’s leading newspaper, the Chronicle Herald, for 20 years and I write for major newspapers and magazines in Canada and the U.S. I have been a journalism professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax since 2004.