John Dillinger by Dary Matera
The Life and Death of America's First Celebrity Criminal

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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.
 

About Dary Matera

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Dary Matera is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Get Me Ellis Rubin!, Quitting the Mob, What’s In It For Me?, Taming The Beast, and The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted. He lives in Chandler, Arizona.
 
Published May 20, 2005 by Da Capo Press. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Non-fiction

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In this overly detailed biography, true-crime veteran Matera (The FBI's Ten Most Wanted , etc.) painstakingly recounts every bullet fired by the legendary robber John Dillinger, his criminal cohorts and his law-enforcement adversaries.

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I was amazed to read quotes — public quotes — from police talking about how they wanted Dillinger dead and would kill him once they finally caught up with him.

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(Apparently a lot of the banks were crooked and set up robberies with Dillinger in order to launder money and get insurance payouts.) Dillinger is also partly responsible for the FBI (then called DI) having the power they have.

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