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Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise

Category: Book
By (author): Gray, Charlotte
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / General
  TRUE CRIME / General
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Arthur Ellis Award for Non-fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.88in
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$ 22.99
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From The Publisher*

A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

In this "engrossing must-read" by "Canada's most accomplished popular historian" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine), the glittering life and brutal murder of Sir Harry Oakes is newly investigated. Murdered Midas is "superior true-crime writing" (The Globe and Mail).

On an island paradise in 1943, Sir Harry Oakes, gold-mining tycoon, philanthropist and one of the richest men in the British Empire, is murdered. The news of his death surges across the English-speaking world, from London, the Imperial centre, to the remote Canadian mining town of Kirkland Lake in the Northern Ontario bush. The murder becomes celebrated as the crime of the century.

The layers of mystery deepen as the involvement of Count Alfred de Marigny, Oakes's son-in-law, comes into question. Also suspicious are the odd machinations of the governor of the Bahamas, the former King Edward VIII. But despite a sensational trial, no murderer is convicted. Rumours about Oakes's missing fortune are unrelenting, and fascination with the story has persisted for decades.

Award-winning biographer and popular historian Charlotte Gray explores the life of the man behind the scandal-from his early, hardscrabble days during the massive mineral rush in Northern Ontario, to the fabulous fortune he reaped from his own gold mine, to his grandiose gestures of philanthropy. And Gray brings fresh eyes to the bungled investigation and shocking trial on the remote colonial island, proposing an overlooked suspect in this long cold case. Murdered Midas is the story of the man behind the newspaper headlines, a man both admired and reviled who, despite great wealth and public standing, never experienced justice.

Review Quote*"Gray brings fresh eyes, deep research and her trademark page-turning, plot- and character-driven style to this fascinating history of a scandal that rocked the postwar world."
Review Quote*"You'll likely feel guilty for enjoying this true-crime account about an unsolved murder, but when a story is told with fulsome information and explained well, it's hard not to smile. When it's written by historian and biographer Charlotte Gray, you'll smile more."
Review Quote*"An entertaining and satisfying read."
Review Quote*"Gray is Canada's most accomplished popular historian. . . .Her deeply researched, brilliantly told account, with its motley cast of characters and exotic locale, is an engrossing must-read."
Review Quote*"A great story, well told by Charlotte [Gray]. She has an easy conversational style which makes reading her work a great pleasure. This is an engrossing and very readable book."