I down rated Crosby's debut popular history of the American Yellow Refer epidemic of the 19th century a couple years ago because she didn't trust her resources to tell the story, trying instead to write excitement into it with somewhat questionable use of the sources and overuse of overly-dramatic prose. When I saw this most recent, her third, I decided to see what progress she has made by now. The good news is Crosby has learned to trust her sources, the bad news is she … more
"Grizzard had any number of methods from which to choose for the heist. With his decades of experience, he had worked both as a burglar and receiver. Broker and dealer. Jeweler and thief. He and his gang members had stolen jewels in elaborate ploys, raided hotel safes, snatched cases from traveling jewelers, tunneled into homes and banks, cracked safes, copied keys, robbed hansom cabs and train cars, and posed as everyone from domestic servants to wealthy buyers to policemen." -- p.56 Alfred … more
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