Bluenose Justice: True Tales of Mischief, Mayhem and Murder

Justice, as the old saying goes, must be seen to be done. Sometimes justice must be seen to be believed. That’s the case in Bluenose Justice, a collection of true stories drawn from Nova Scotia’s legal past. It’s an eclectic mix of the slightly offbeat and the deadly serious, where a wise-cracking judge and a crafty embezzler rub shoulders with a shadowy executioner and cold-blooded murderers. Newspaper publisher Joseph Howe’s stirring 1835 defence of freedom of the press is recounted here, along with the saga of the bookkeeper who nearly cleaned out the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1870 and the antics of rumrunner Jack Randell, whose run-in with the U.S. coast guard created an international incident in 1929 (Pottersfield Press, 1993, republished Lancelot Press, 1996).

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Praise for Bluenose Justtice

“True crime, as readers know, isn’t my favourite reading material …. So I was surprised to find myself enjoying Bluenose Justice …. Jobb manages to cover nearly three centuries of Nova Scotia crime with wit and style.”
— Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

“Top-notch crime writing … an example of how good historical writing can be.”
— The Chronicle Herald, Halifax

“Jobb … has a keen sense of storytelling, combined with the kind of research skills required to dig out these gems of wrongdoing. Carefully crafted, they range from tales of opinionated, eccentric judges who would not last an hour in today’s politically correct justice system to accounts of murder most foul.”
— Books in Canada

“Jobb … has meticulously documented the story of greed, politics and dependency that led to the Westray tragedy … you can feel – even taste – the gritty life of miners in an unsafe pit …. In effect, Jobb has done the inquiry’s task.”
— Books in Canada

“Bluenose Justice takes an unflattering look at two centuries of Nova Scotia’s legal history … an historical glimpse at Nova Scotia cases involving biased judges, gun-toting lawyers, and the justice system’s treatment of the well-connected.”
— The Daily News, Halifax