The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer
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About the Author
Dean Jobb is an award-winning author and journalist and a professor at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches in the graduate creative nonfiction and journalism programs. He is the author of six previous books, including Empire of Deception, which the New York Times Book Review called "intoxicating and impressive" and the Chicago Writers Association named the Nonfiction Book of the Year. Jobb has written for major American and Canadian newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the American Journalism Review, and Toronto's Globe and Mail, and his monthly true-crime column, "Stranger Than Fiction," appears in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. His work as an investigative reporter has been nominated for Canada's National Newspaper and National Magazine awards, and Jobb is a three-time winner of Atlantic Canada's top journalism award.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Jobb richly embellishes his grim central tale with carefully researched setting, detail, and social mores of the late Victorian era, elegantly contrasted with his eponymous fiend, Thomas Neill Cream . . . A vivid, engaging revival of a forgotten Victorian villain."
--Kirkus Reviews "A brilliant evocation of an age and a fascinating dissection of a serial killer's crimes. Dean Jobb is a first-rate storyteller and historical detective. A real page-turner."
--Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine "Corruption, madness, murder: Dr. Cream has it all. This is a spectacular and absorbing tale, meticulously reported and vividly told. An enthralling page-turner."
--Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster "The definitive retelling of a story about a devious doctor, the dogged investigators who hunted him, and the murders that shocked the world. Dr. Cream's story comes to life in Jobb's spellbinding tale."
--Kate Winkler Dawson, author American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI "A tour de force of research, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream conjures an era when poisoners roamed the earth--and police seemed powerless to stop them."
--Margalit Fox, author of Conan Doyle for the Defense
PRAISE FOR EMPIRE OF DECEPTION: "Intoxicating and impressively researched, Jobb's immorality tale provides a sobering post-Madoff reminder that those who think everything is theirs for the taking are destined to be taken."
--The New York Times Book Review "Comprehensively researched and enthralling . . . High-stakes hijinks give the story a rollicking feel, but Jobb manages great poignancy, too. . . This lively and sweeping account seems to have already given a master con artist his due, putting him in the 'pantheon of pyramid-building swindlers.'"
--The Washington Post "This cautionary tale of 1920s greed and excess reads like it could happen today."
--The Associated Press "Jobb vividly, albeit briefly, brings the Chicago of the 1880s and '90s to life . . . [and] is a masterpiece of narrative set-up and vivid language."
--Chicago Tribune "Dean Jobb skillfully dusts off this century-old tale with a fast-paced narrative, a keen eye for detail and a cast of characters in which the free-for-all city of Chicago plays a prominent role . . . [A] masterfully told story."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune