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“Jobb’s excellent storytelling makes the book a pleasure to read.” —The New York Times Book Review
”When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals,” Sherlock Holmes observed during one of his most baffling investigations. “He has nerve and he has knowledge.” In the span of fifteen years, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream murdered as many as ten people in the United States, Britain, and Canada, a death toll with almost no precedent. Poison was his weapon of choice. Largely forgotten today, this villain was as brazen as the notorious Jack the Ripper.
Structured around the doctor’s London murder trial in 1892, when he was finally brought to justice, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream exposes the blind trust given to medical practitioners, as well as the flawed detection methods, bungled investigations, corrupt officials, and stifling morality of Victorian society that allowed Dr. Cream to prey on vulnerable and desperate women, many of whom had turned to him for medical help.
Dean Jobb transports readers to the late nineteenth century as Scotland Yard traces Dr. Cream’s life through Canada and Chicago and finally to London, where new investigative tools called forensics were just coming into use, even as most police departments still scoffed at using science to solve crimes. But then, most investigators could hardly imagine that serial killers existed—the term was unknown. As the Chicago Tribune wrote, Dr. Cream’s crimes marked the emergence of a new breed of killer: one who operated without motive or remorse, who “murdered simply for the sake of murder.” For fans of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, all things Sherlock Holmes, or the podcast My Favorite Murder, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream is an unforgettable true crime story from a master of the genre.
"Superb . . . a real page-turner . . . I found this true crime book as good as, or better than, many other fictional accounts of similar manhunts."
— The Globe and Mail
"Vividly written . . . a splendidly atmospheric journey through the halls of Victorian vice, virtue and, above all, hypocrisy." — Times (UK)
“Jobb’s excellent storytelling makes the book a pleasure to read.” — New York Times Book Review
"A must for true crime fans." — CNN
"[An] enthralling real-life thriller . . . a true crime masterpiece that will easily sit alongside The Devil in the White City." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A tour de force of storytelling . . . one of the best books I've read this year." — Louise Penny, author of the New York Times-bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novels
“A notorious murderer . . . and why it took so long to catch and convict him.” — CBC Books
"With intense research and propulsive writing Jobb brings the era and the story together in an immersive, compelling read." — Toronto Star
“Jobb richly embellishes his grim central tale with carefully researched setting, detail, and social mores of the late Victorian era, elegantly contrasted with his eponymous fiend, Thomas Neill Cream . . . A vivid, engaging revival of a forgotten Victorian villain.” — Kirkus Reviews
“An exciting whodunit . . . Jobb also does the unusual in true crime: he describes in detail the lives of Cream’s victims. The scholarship he employed to tell this story is staggering.” — Winnipeg Free Press
"Jobb does a masterful job of following the investigation . . . and of presenting Dr. Cream not merely as a murderer, but as a complex, unstable, and deeply fascinating individual. True crime doesn’t get any better than this." — Booklist
“Jobb’s compelling account of Cream’s reign of terror will appeal to readers interested in Jack the Ripper or Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.” — Library Journal
"True crime fans will want to pick up Dean Jobb's engrossing account . . . builds Cream's world in vivid, transportative detail; I had a lot of fun being swept away." — Buzzfeed
"Chilling and fascinating . . . takes on big ideas about the medical profession, forensics, and the tearing of the social fabric. Jobb's true crime stories are not to be missed." — Crimereads
“[A] chilling true-crime story . . . Packed with details that will keep you up at night, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream is a creepy and fascinating read." — Apple Books
“This fascinating read . . . takes readers directly into the world of the nineteenth century, an era when societal expectations and lack of sophisticated crime-solving technology could create a vicious serial killer.” — Oxygen
“Jobb . . . creates a nuanced portrait of Cream that’s much more chilling than Mr. Hyde. Yes, Cream was a remorseless killer, but he was also warped by Victorian hypocrisy, misogyny and classism—the same factors that allowed him to hide his crimes while hunting for more victims.” — BookPage
“A must-read . . . historically rich and shockingly poignant, Jobb’s text is not one to miss.” — True Crime Index
“A sweeping tale of detective work and forensic science worthy of a Sherlock Holmes story.” — Quebec City Chronicle Telegraph
“First-rate creative non-fiction [and] very hard to put down. . . . Crime buffs are going to motor through this book.” — Saltwire
“Reads like a crime novel that is both grim and hard to put down.” — Southern Bookseller Review
“Dark historical non-fiction . . . sometimes the most chilling tales are the true ones.” — Zoomer Magazine
“[A] fascinating true-crime story with a Canadian connection . . . an entertaining read.” — Quill & Quire
“Engrossing . . . an informative and entertaining true crime text.” — Foreword
“Follows Cream’s murderous spree and how botched investigations and corrupt officials allowed him to prey on vulnerable and desperate women.” — Palm Beach Daily
“Deeply researched and rich in grisly detail, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream fuses the blow-by-blow efforts to catch a serial killer with the larger picture of crime and detection in the late-nineteenth century. A fine piece of social history as well as an extraordinary story.” — Charlotte Gray, author of The Massey Murder and Murdered Midas
“Tense, atmospheric, and effortlessly readable, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream has all the sinister elegance of a hansom cab emerging from a late Victorian London smog.” — Paul Willetts, author of King Con
“A tour de force of research, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream conjures an era when poisoners roamed the earth – and police seemed powerless to stop them.” — Margalit Fox, author of Conan Doyle for the Defense
“Dean Jobb’s meticulous research is evident on every page of his gripping study of the extraordinary serial killer Doctor Cream, a nineteenth century ‘monster of iniquity’ whose homicidal career was truly stranger than fiction.” — Martin Edwards, author of Mortmain Hall and the Lake District Mysteries
“The story of the infamous poisoner Neill Cream is so many things – horrifying, fascinating, and insightful, a portrait of late nineteenth century police work at a time when the idea of the professional detective was just starting to take shape. And in this vivid and compelling book, Dean Jobb does full justice to that story.” — Deborah Blum, author of the New York Times best-seller The Poisoner's Handbook
"A brilliant evocation of an age and a fascinating dissection of a serial killer's crimes. Dean Jobb is a first-rate storyteller and historical detective. A real page-turner." – — Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
“The definitive re-telling of a story about a devious doctor, the dogged investigators who hunted him, and the murders that shocked the world. Dr. Cream’s story comes to life in Jobb’s spell-binding tale.” — Kate Winkler Dawson, author of American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
“Corruption, madness, murder: Dr. Cream has it all. This is a spectacular and absorbing tale, meticulously reported and vividly told. An enthralling page-turner.” — Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone
“Dean Jobb has produced another mesmerizing feat of historical storytelling. The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream vividly recreates the career of one of the most audacious – and deadly – criminals in history.” — Gary Krist, author of The Mirage Factory
“The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream is a macabre, utterly suspenseful true crime thriller about a forgotten madman every bit as cunning and evil as Jack the Ripper. Dean Jobb combines scholarship with a breakneck narrative so relentless it kept me up all night. Warning: Read with the lights on.” — Abbott Kahler, New York Times bestselling author (as Karen Abbott) of The Ghosts of Eden Park
"Jobb marshals the facts . . . with exemplary skill and diligence; and delivers them in gripping style, in a book that will doubtless find a vast and fascinated audience, across the English speaking world." — The Scotsman--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
DEAN JOBB’smost recent book, Empire of Deception, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best True Crime Book and the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award. It was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, as well as three Atlantic Canada book awards. Dean Jobb is the author of six other books, including Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Chicago Tribune, the Irish Times and other major publications. He is a journalism professor and a faculty member in the MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of King’s College in Halifax.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B08GFZQ442
- Publisher : Algonquin Books (July 13, 2021)
- Publication date : July 13, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 13386 KB
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- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 431 pages
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My only problem with the book was the switching of time periods in the narrative. The book starts with what happened in the 1890s, then provides a full narative of what happened in the 1880s before switching back to the 1890s. Yes, it would probably be difficult to provide a "straight through" narrative, but I still found that this time switch a bit tricky.
However, the author has done an amzing bit of research to enable the story, and must be congratulated on that score.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on August 10, 2021