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Dean Jobb — A Gentleman and a Thief — with Holly Smith

Location Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Date Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Link https://www.politics-prose.com/dean-jobb
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A skilled con artist and one of the most successful burglars in history, Arthur Barry was adept at slipping in and out of bedrooms undetected, even when his victims slept only inches away. He became a folk hero, a gentleman bandit touted in the press as the "Prince of Thieves" and an "Aristocrat of Crime." Think Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief." A Gentleman and a Thief is also a love story. Barry confessed to dozens of burglaries to protect his wife, Anna Blake (and was the prime suspect in scores of others on Long Island and across Westchester County). Sentenced to a 25-year term, he staged a dramatic prison break — triggering a bloody inmates' riot — when Anna became seriously ill, so they could be together for a few more years as fugitives.

Dean Jobb is the author of The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream, winner of the inaugural CrimeCon CLUE Award for true crime book of the year and longlisted for the American Library Association's Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. His previous books include Empire of Deception, which the New York Times Book Review called "intoxicating and impressively researched" and the Chicago Writers Association named the Nonfiction Book of the Year. He will be in conversation with Holly Smith, editor-in-chief of the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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