John Dillinger: The Life and Death of America's First Celebrity Criminal

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Da Capo Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 413 pages
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John Dillinger is an adrenaline-fueled narrative that reignites America's fascination with the suave and deadly desperado who became the FBI's first Public Enemy, whose story?until now?has been riddled with rumors and fiction. Dillinger and his bank-robbing gang cut a criminal swath never to be equaled, thrilling a nation in the throes of the Great Depression. When caught, Dillinger staged one of the most harrowing prison escapes imaginable?only to finally be betrayed by the infamous ?Lady in Red.”

John Dillinger brings to light bank robberies never before reported; detailed plans for major crimes that Dillinger nearly implemented; the revelation that the Lady in Red was actually a police plant; and the startling motives behind John Dillinger's execution by rogue FBI agents. With access to the thousands of sources collected in the world's foremost Dillinger archives?including dozens of photographs?New York Times bestselling author Matera describes every robbery, shoot-out, and prison escape as though he had choreographed them himself.
  

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Review: John Dillinger: The Life and Death of America's First Celebrity Criminal

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

This book was my introduction to Dillinger, and I've fallen in love. It reads much like I imagine the bandit's life was like - a rollicking, rollercoaster ride with incredible highs and the inevitable ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dale Jackson - Goodreads

Well written. The author's descriptive text made for an enjoyable and informative read. Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
9
Chapter 2
21
Chapter 3
31
MAY 1933JANUARY 1934 THE BLOODY REIGN OF THE TERROR GANG
45
Chapter 4
47
Chapter 5
58
Chapter 6
76
Chapter 7
94
Chapter 14
223
Chapter 15
242
Chapter 16
258
Chapter 17
278
Chapter 18
294
Chapter 19
307
Chapter 20
319
Chapter 21
334

Chapter 8
109
Chapter 9
128
Chapter 10
147
JANUARY 1934JULY 1934 WANTED DEAD OR DEAD THE END OF A WILD ERA
165
Chapter 11
167
Chapter 12
186
Chapter 13
204
Chapter 22
346
EPILOGUE
363
NOTES
372
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
406
INDEX
407
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
414
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Dary Matera, a veteran non-fiction writer & former book editor & reporter for "The Miami News", is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", as well as "Get Me Ellis Rubin!", & "Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Crazed Life Behind Bars", currently in development at HBO. Eight of his books have been optioned for film. He resides in Chandler, Arizona.

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