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Monthly true-crime columns by Dean Jobb

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FROM THE EDITOR

Author and journalist, Dean Jobb

The realms of crime fiction and true crime have many intersections. Fiction writers often draw on real investigative techniques, police procedures, and even notorious crime cases in fashioning their stories, and, conversely, fictional sleuths and their methods have occasionally influenced the practices of actual police forces. In this way, the interests of readers of crime fiction and true crime naturally dovetail, yet until 2018 the latter field had never been represented in EQMM. In January of 2018, we launched a new department to remedy that omission. Entitled Stranger Than Fiction, and written by award-winning Canadian author and journalist Dean Jobb, the column was offered free, exclusively here on our website, exploring true crime through reviews of true-crime books and original articles on real-world crimes and criminals. The feature proved so popular online that it was incorporated into the magazine itself (both print and digital editions) as of May/June 2020. In each bimonthly issue of the magazine, readers will now find an original true crime article by Dean Jobb, with supplemental material, including documents and photos, right here on our website, under the Stranger Than Fiction banner. On alternate months (when there is no new issue of the magazine releasing), you’ll still find web-exclusive true crime book reviews by Dean Jobb right here.

A true-crime specialist with more than a half-dozen titles in print, Dean Jobb is the author of one the most notable true-crime works in recent years, Empire of Deception. The story of a master swindler in 1920s Chicago, the book won both the Crime Writers of Canada and Chicago Writers Association awards, and earned rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “intoxicating and impressively researched.” Readers will also want to look for the upcoming Jobb title The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream (Algonquin Books and HarperCollins Canada, 2021). In addition to pursuing his literary and journalistic careers, Dean Jobb teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We hope you’ll continue to enjoy this newest of EQMM’s departments, which has joined the Jury Box and Blog Bytes in EQMM’s long tradition of cutting-edge reviewing and scholarship.

— Janet Hutchings

PAST COLUMNS

2022

January 2022
Arthur Conan Doyle and Murder in England’s “Smiling and Beautiful Countryside”

February 2022
Murder Most Irish

March 2022
A Taste for Poison: The Curious Case of Dr. Lamson

April 2022
Spy Versus Spy

May 2022
The “Bogus Priest” and the Murdered President

June 2022
Frontier Justice

July 2022
Murder in the Air? The Mysterious Death of Stunt Pilot B.H. DeLay

August 2022
True Crime Stories

September 2022
How Do You Say Murder? When a Dispute Over the Pronunciation of “Newfoundland” Turned Deadly

October 2022
Ghoulish Tales

November 2022
“I’ve Got a Bridge to Sell You”: The Con Artist Who Peddled the Brooklyn Bridge

2021

January 2021
“He Takes My Mind from Better Things”: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Reluctant Author

February 2021
Larger Than Life

March 2021
A Death in Provence

April 2021
Con Games

May 2021
Murder on Twenty-Third Street

June 2021
Fact Meets Fiction

July 2021
Detective-Fever

August 2021
Deck-chair Detectives

September 2021
The Ponzi of Paris: The Jazz-Age Scams Marthe Hanau

October 2021
Stop the Presses!

November 2021
Fact Meets Fiction in Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’

December 2021
Ghosts of True Crime Past

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