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    DescriptionJabez was a businessman, philanthropist, politician, temperance campaigner and chamer. He was also an astonishing scoundrel - a liar, adulterer and cheat - who perpetrated the most destructive fraud of the nineteenth century. When the Liberator building society collapsed under the weight of extravagant malpractice, thousands of people were left defrauded and destitute. Jabez immediately took flight to Argentina, accompanied (scandalously) by a female ward half his age. Eventually, a determined Scotland Yard detective caught up with Jabez, and kidnapped him on a high-speed train across South America from whence he was hauled back to justice.

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    The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David McKie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    ISBN 13: 9781843541318
    ISBN 10: 1843541319

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    DC22: 364.163092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    Illustrations note
    8 illustrations
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    Publication date
    10 February 2005
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    Author Information
    David McKie joined the Guardian in 1965. He was deputy editor from 1975 to 1984 and now writes the 'Elsewhere' and 'Smallweed' columns for the paper.
    Review quote
    'A fair-minded, well-researched and impressively written biography.' Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph; 'Jabez opens like a detective story and the breathless pace of David McKie's biography barely lets up for the next 300 pages... A page-turning thriller.' Jon Barnes, Times Literary Supplement; 'A fast-moving thriller, full of action, colour and (at times) laughter... Riveting.' Jonathan Aitken, New Statesman; 'A tight and engaging yarn.' Simon Garfield, Financial Times; 'An entertaining, original and beautifully written book.' Simon Heffer, Daily Mail