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In early 1912, characters with names like Dutch, Jimmy the Push, and Scotty the Lamb joined with co-conspirators to steal $25,000 ($590,696.97 in 2014 dollars) during a bank transfer. Amazingly to us today, the transfer was done in the taxicab of Geno Montani. The police, one of them a famous former Pinkerton man, were on the hunt. Out of print for more than a century, this lively account brings true crime of the early twentieth century to life. The police use psychology, subterfuge, and good old police work to corner their quarry. The man to whom this book is dedicated was one of New York City's most interesting mayors: William Gaynor. As stated by the author, Gaynor tried, during the Tammany Hall days, to reform city government and improve the quality of law enforcement. During Gaynor's term as mayor, this daring daylight robbery took place in downtown NYC. This book details the police efforts to track down and capture the perpetrators. Written by well-known New York writer, James H. Collins, you'll be taken along for the ride in this fun cabbie caper. True crime is a genre that has fascinated readers as long as books have been printed.

This edition of the book contains the seven original illustrations, rejuvenated, and three additional, classic illustrations that are unique to this edition of the book.

James H. Collins, a business writer of national reputation, had a successful writing career during the early 20th century. For twelve years, he contributed business articles to the Saturday Evening Post. He was a contributor to Printers Ink and also to Gentleman McClure's Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, and to a number of other well-known business magazines.

During WW I, he served as head of the Trade Press Section of the United States Food Administration; worked on the on Committee on Public Information; and, was assistant to Chairman E.N. Hurley of the United States Shipping Board. In 1919, he toured South America for the Philadelphia Public Ledger. He traveled extensively in England, France, Germany, and other foreign countries investigating business conditions. In England, his work appeared regularly in World's Work Magazine.

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