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The old man and the gun : and other tales of true crime / David Grann.
Title Variants:
Old man & the gun
First Vintage Books movie tie-in edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage, 2018.

Physical Description:
133 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
These essays are taken from The devil and Sherlock Holmes, originally published in hardcover in the United States by Doubleday ... in 2010"--Title page verso.

"Now a major motion picture"--Cover.
The old man and the gun -- True crime -- The chameleon.
Selection of the journalist's articles previously published in various periodicals.


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364.1 GRA Book Adult General Collection

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Now a major motion picture starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek, The Old Man and the Gun is here joined by two other riveting true-crime tales.

"The Old Man and the Gun" is the incredible story of a bank robber and prison escape artist who modeled himself after figures like Pretty Boy Floyd and who, even in his seventies, refuses to retire. "True Crime" follows the twisting investigation of a Polish detective who suspects that a novelist planted clues in his fiction to an actual murder. And "The Chameleon" recounts how a French imposter assumes the identity of a missing boy from Texas and infiltrates the boy's family, only to soon wonder whether he is the one being conned. In this mesmerizing collection, David Grann shows why he has been called a "worthy heir to Truman Capote" and "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today," as he takes the reader on a journey through some of the most intriguing and gripping real-life tales from around the world.

Author Notes

David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He graduated from Connecticut College in 1989, and earned a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and a master's degree from Boston College in creative writing. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. His stories have been published in numerous anthologies of American writing. His books include The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon which won the Indies Choice award for the best nonfiction book of 2009, and Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

(Bowker Author Biography)