2015 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust  Prize for Nonfiction Finalist

Dean Jobb Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia – The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation  Harper Avenue
Dean Jobb
Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia – The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation 
Harper Avenue


Dean Jobb Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia – The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation  Harper Avenue


Jury Citation

Readers waiting for a rollicking tale of white-collar crime couldn’t do better than Dean Jobb’s Empire of Deception, about Leo Koretz, one of North America’s most infamous swindlers. The fact that it all happened back in the Roaring Twenties doesn’t matter; it’s a lively story that starts in Chicago, moves on to Panama, and ends up in Nova Scotia. Jobb has lifted a great crime yarn into a beautifully researched piece of financial history; how he explains the greed and gullibility of Koretz’ wealthy victims makes for a delicious read.

About the Book

Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties was a time of unregulated madness. Speakeasies thrived, and both gang war shootings and frenzied stock market gambling were rampant. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million—upwards of $400 million today—in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. When Koretz’ scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished. An international manhunt ensued, eventually finding him living a life of luxury in Nova Scotia under the assumed identity of a book dealer and literary critic. This is a rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, deceit, illicit sex, and a charming con man who kept a Ponzi scheme alive perhaps for longer than anyone else in history.

About the Author

Dean Jobb is an associate professor at the School of Journalism, University of King's College. The author of seven books, he is a past finalist of the National Business Book Award and the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. A reporter, editor, and columnist during a 20-year career at The Chronicle Herald, Jobb is a three-time winner of the Atlantic Journalism Award. He lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 

 


  
 
 

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