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Author Jobb, Dean, 1958- author.

Title Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation / Dean Jobb.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Koretz,L JOB    DUE 10-09-21
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description x, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Summary "It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties ... Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people ... to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama ... When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Our Ponzi -- Ambitions -- The law -- The gamble -- The dupe -- The big idea -- The syndicate -- The hanging judge -- The sting -- The confidence man -- The crime fighter -- The bubble -- The flight -- The smash -- The sensation -- The double life -- The victims -- The manhunt -- The alias -- The guide -- The hideaway -- The prince of entertainers -- The crime of the century -- The pariah -- The womanizer -- The trap -- The gang war -- The prisoner -- The return -- The confession -- The reckoning -- The final swindle.
Subject Koretz, Leo, 1879-1925.
Swindlers and swindling -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
Lawyers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
Capitalists and financiers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
Fugitives from justice -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax -- Biography.
Ponzi schemes -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Commercial crimes -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Biography.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9781616201753 (hbk.)
1616201754 (hbk.)

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