Leavenworth Train: A Fugitive's Search for Justice in the Vanishing West

Joe Jackson, Author
Joe Jackson, Author Basic Books $26 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7867-0897-0
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Wrongly sentenced in 1909 to life in the brutal Leavenworth prison, the first federal prison in the U.S., Frank Grigware busted out and hijacked a train with several other convicts. For 24 years, he evaded the law, ending up in Canada as a family man and mayor of a small town. Leavenworth Train: A Fugitive's Search for Justice in the Vanishing West, by four-time Pulitzer-nominee Joe Jackson (coauthor of Dead Run: The Shocking Story of Dennis Stockton and Life on Death Row in America), recounts Grigware's saga, J. Edgar Hoover's manhunt and the international tensions that arose when Canada refused to hand Grigware over to the U.S. B&w photos. (Sept. 22)
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