• Biography

    Dean Jobb is a true crime writer, book reviewer and a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, and a member of the faculty of the university's MFA in Creatiive Nonfiction program.

    He is the author of seven books. His latest, Empire of Deception, tells the stranger-than-fiction story of master swindler Leo Koretz, who hoodwinked the elite of 1920s Chicago before escaping to a new life of luxury and excess in Nova Scotia. It won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award, was named the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His previous books won the Evelyn Richardson and City of Dartmouth awards for nonfiction, and he was runner up for the National Business Book Award.

    Dean writes a monthy column on true crime for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and is a contributing reviewer to the Chicago Review of Books. His articles, commentaries and reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and Winnipeg Free Press. He also has written for numerous magazines, including Canada's History, Canadian Lawyer and the Literary Review of Canada, and has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Scotsman, The Irish Times and the Belfast Telegraph

    A reporter, editor and columnist during a 20-year career at The Chronicle Herald, Dean is a three-time winner of the Atlantic Journalism Award and a finalist for the National Newspaper and National Magazine awards.

    Publications
    • Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia - The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. HarperCollins Canada, 2015, ISBN 9781443441087

    • Published in the U.S as Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015. ISBN 978-1-61620-175-3 

       

    • The Acadians: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph. John Wiley & Sons Canada, 2005. ISBN 0-470-83610-5.

    • Published in the U.S. as The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph. John Wiley & Sons, 2005. ISBN 0-470-83609-1

       

    • Media Law for Canadian Journalists, 2nd edition. Emond Montgomery Publications, 2011. ISBN 978-1-55239-420-5

       

    • Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter's Research Guide, 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN 13: 9780199008490

       

    • Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy. Nimbus Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-55109-070-8

       

    • Bluenose Justice: True Tales of Mischief, Mayhem and Murder. Pottersfield Press, 1993. ISBN 0-919001-78-5. Reprinted by Lancelot Press, 1996

       

    • Crime Wave: Con-Men, Rogues and Scoundrels from Nova Scotia's Past. Pottersfield Press, 1991. ISBN 0-919001-68-8

       

    • Shades of Justice: Seven Nova Scotia Murder Cases. Nimbus, 1988. ISBN 0-920852-99-8

       

    • The Life and Times of Josiah Wood, 1843-1927: A Builder of Sackville. Tantramar Heritage Trust, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9683042-7-3 

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    Awards
    • Winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award and the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for Empre of Deception, which was also shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction 

    • Winner of City of Dartmouth Book Award and runner-up for the National Business Book Award, for Calculated Risk

       

    • Winner of the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award: Shades of Justice