Dean Jobb

I’m drawn to fascinating people and events that have been overlooked or forgotten – hidden gems tucked away in the attics of history, stories waiting to be told. Ideas and inspiration can come from a footnote in a book, a museum exhibit or a reference in the news. I discovered the subject of my latest book, Empire of Deception – Leo Koretz and his amazing oil swindle in 1920s Chicago – while doing research on another subject. I spotted a reference to his arrest in Nova Scotia and I knew instantly it was a great story.

My previous books include The Cajuns: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph, which chronicles the expulsion of French-speaking Acadians from Eastern Canada more than two centuries ago and the founding of Louisiana’s Cajun culture. Calculated Risk is an investigation into a 1992 explosion that killed twenty-six Nova Scotia coal miners and led to sweeping reforms to workplace safety laws. I was a reporter, editor and columnist with Halifax’s leading newspaper, the Chronicle Herald, for 20 years and I write for major newspapers and magazines in Canada and the U.S. I have been a journalism professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax since 2004.

DEAN JOBB is the author of six books, including Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy, which won the City of Dartmouth book award and was runner-up for the National Business Book Award. A staff reporter for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald for twenty years, he is now a professor in the School of Journalism, University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit him at

Books in order of publication:

Shades of Justice: Seven Nova Scotia Murder Cases1988
Crime Wave: Con Men, Rogues and Scoundrels from Nova Scotia’s Past1991
Bluenose Justice: True Tales of Mischief, Mayhem and Murder1993
Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy1994
The Cajuns: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph2005
Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide2006
Media Law for Canadian Journalists2011
Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation2015
Daring, Devious & Deadly: True Tales of Crime and Justice from Nova Scotia’s Past2020
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer2021
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