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Author: Dean Jobb
Dean Jobb is the author of Empire of Deception (Algonquin Books), the stranger-than-fiction story of 1920s Chicago swindler Leo Koretz. It was the Chicago Writers Association’s nonfiction Book of the Year for 2015. His next book recreates the Victorian-era crimes of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, who murdered at least ten people in Chicago, London and Canada. Dean teaches in the MFA in creative nonfiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and writes a monthly column on true crime for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. deanjobb.com
Edward J. Balleisen’s ambitious new book takes a long look at America’s ongoing struggle to strike a balance between encouraging free enterprise and protecting investors and consumers from being ripped off.
Visionary or villain? Huckster or victim of a government conspiracy? These are the lingering questions author Steve Lehto tackles more than a half-century after Preston Tucker’s bid to build a revolutionary car for post-war Americans ended in bankruptcy and recrimination.
In 1883 Alexander Sullivan, the Chicago-based leader of the extremist group Clan na Gael, sent a young Irishman across the Atlantic to London. Thomas Clarke’s mission was to bomb the Houses of Parliament as part of a campaign to win Irish independence by force.