2015 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

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

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.” – 2015 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Stevie Cameron, Will Ferguson, and JJ Lee)