Crime Wave: Con Men, Rogues and Scoundrels from Nova Scotia’s Past

Meet Samuel Herbert Dougal, a lady-killer if there ever was one. Say hello to Henry More Smith, an escape artist who could upstage Harry Houdini. And get to know Chicago lawyer Leo Koretz. He’d love to sell you shares in his bogus Panamanian oil syndicate. These are just three of the shady characters who take centre stage in Crime Wave, a rogues’ gallery of pirates, swindlers, bank robbers and murderers who plied their trade in Nova Scotia (Pottersfield Press, 1991).

Short-listed by the Crime Writers of Canada for the Arthur Ellis Award, for best Canadian true-crime book, and a finalist for the City of Dartmouth Book Award.

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Praise for Crime Wave

“Chronicles the infamous characters of the province’s past, and does a fine job of bringing these personalities and their escapades to life …. Jobb has a deft way of telling (stories) without complicating matters, and he allows their grim humour to filter through without trivializing the very real crimes behind the stories … Crime Wave is an easy read, but it also has enough substance to stick with you long after you’ve finished it.”
— Books in Canada

“Splendid characters step off the pages of Jobb’s book with a vividness that attests to his skill as a journalist who knows a good story – and who knows how to tell one.”
— – The Chronicle Herald

“Meticulously researched … Jobb has offered up some good Christmas reading.”
— Atlantic Provinces Book Review

“Colorful and told with a dash of black humor … (a) look back into the shady corners of Halifax’s criminal past. Thuggery, arson, mutiny and murder all share the spotlight in tidy, thumbnail sketches of the not-so-polite society of Nova Scotia’s pre-eminent port city.”
— The Daily News, Halifax