The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang (Kindle Single) by Josh Dean

By Josh Dean

They have been out and in in lower than minutes—that’s how they acquired away with hundreds of thousands. And throughout their reign, no financial institution robbers have been extra feared (though they by no means fired their weapons) nor extra pursued or extra mythologized than the Stopwatch Gang. The individuals themselves have been directly out of primary casting: Lionel Wright, a meticulous introvert who may disappear in a room choked with humans; Paddy Mitchell, an enthralling and well-connected criminal who observed an attitude in every thing and might visit any lengths to prevent the hell of being locked away; and Stephen Reid, a fearless aspect guy who may well locate the weak spot in any procedure and whose story—of dependancy and descent into crime, of redemption and literary fame—was all prelude to a sad yet life-saving fall from grace.

In The existence and occasions of the Stopwatch Gang, Josh Dean reconstructs the Gang’s glory days and divulges how the genuine tale, pieced jointly via months of study and reporting so much prominently with Reid himself, as he involves the top, at age sixty four, of his ultimate days within the custody of the state—is extra outstanding than the parable that has lengthy been advised.

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I. Title. 3 C2010-903167-9 We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) and that of the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Ontario Book Initiative. We further acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for our publishing program. 1 For Kyle Howell of Cape Breton; my cousin and a true authority on the Edmund Fitzgerald. Author’s Note At the time of these events, imperial measurements were used in Canada as they still are in the United States today.

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