Author: Dean Jobb

Dean Jobb is the true crime columnist for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the author of Empire of Deception, the true story of a master swindler who scammed the elite of 1920s Chicago (Algonquin Books). His next book, coming in April 2021, recreates the Victorian-era crimes of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, who murdered as many as 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. Website: Twitter: @DeanJobb

Maria Konnikova Exposes the Science of Con Artists in The Confidence Game

The Confidence Game is a revealing and engrossing primer on how con artists work and why we’re such suckers. But for all the insights Konnikova offers, fraudsters will continue to separate fools from their money (she refers to the confidence game as “the (real) oldest profession”) because our ingrained trust and gullibility make us easy prey for the right scam.