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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream

The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer

Dean Jobb



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Algonquin Books (division of Workman)
13 July 2021
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream takes readers to the late nineteenth century as Scotland Yard follows the trail of a cold-blooded serial killer who was as brazen as the notorious Jack the Ripper and who would finally be brought to justice by detectives employing a new science called forensics.

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 poisoned at least ten women in the United States, Britain, and Canada, a death toll with almost no precedents. Structured around Cream's London murder trial in 1891, 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 Cream to prey on vulnerable and desperate women, many of whom had turned to him for medical help.

Dean Jobb vividly re-creates this largely forgotten historical account against the backdrop of the birth of modern policing and newly adopted forensic methods, though most police departments still scoffed at using science to solve crimes. But then most police departments could hardly imagine that serial killers existed - the term was unknown at the time. As the Chicago Tribune wrote then, 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.
By:   Dean Jobb
Imprint:   Algonquin Books (division of Workman)
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781616206895
ISBN 10:   1616206896
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   13 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dean Jobb is an award-winning author and journalist and a professor at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches in the graduate Creative Nonfiction and Journalism programs. He is the author of six previous books, including Empire of Deception, called intoxicating and impressive by The New York Times Book Review. Jobb has written for major American and Canadian newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the American Journalism Review, Toronto's Globe and Mail, and his monthly true-crime column, Stranger Than Fiction, appears in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. His work as an investigative reporter has been nominated for Canada's National Newspaper and National Magazine awards and Jobb is a three-time winner of Atlantic Canada's top journalism award. His website is

Reviews for The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer

One of CrimeReads' Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021 True crime fans will want to pick up Dean Jobb's engrossing account of Thomas Neill Cream . . . Jobb builds Cream's world in vivid, transportive detail; I had a lot of fun being swept away. --BuzzFeed, 28 Summer Books To Get Excited About Jobb's extensive research pays off in a true-crime masterpiece that will easily sit alongside The Devil in the White City. --Publishers Weekly, starred review 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 Dean Jobb's engrossing true crime text, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream, concerns the exploits of Thomas Cream, a notorious nineteenth-century killer who poisoned ten people as London perched on the edge of the modern age. --Foreword Review 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 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: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster The definitive retelling 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 spellbinding tale. --Kate Winkler Dawson, author American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI 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 PRAISE FOR EMPIRE OF DECEPTION: Intoxicating and impressively researched, Jobb's immorality tale provides a sobering post-Madoff reminder that those who think everything is theirs for the taking are destined to be taken. --The New York Times Book Review Comprehensively researched and enthralling . . . High-stakes hijinks give the story a rollicking feel, but Jobb manages great poignancy, too. . . This lively and sweeping account seems to have already given a master con artist his due, putting him in the 'pantheon of pyramid-building swindlers.' --The Washington Post This cautionary tale of 1920s greed and excess reads like it could happen today. --The Associated Press Jobb vividly, albeit briefly, brings the Chicago of the 1880s and '90s to life . . . [and] is a masterpiece of narrative set-up and vivid language. --Chicago Tribune

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