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Crime Wave: Con Men, Rogues and Scoundrels from Nova Scotia's Past
Meet Samuel Herbert Dougal, a lady-killer if there ever was one. And say hello to Henry More Smith, an escape artist who could upstage Harry Houdini. These are just two of the shady characters who take centre stage in Crime Wave, a rogues’ gallery of pirates, swindlers, bank robbers and murderers who plied their trade in Nova Scotia.
Published January 1st 1991 by Pottersfield Press
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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 cr ...more
I’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 ...more