Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman Wayne Tefs

ISBN: 9780888013774

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Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman  by  Wayne Tefs

Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman by Wayne Tefs
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In 1966, Ken Leishman stepped onto the Winnipeg Airport tarmac and into the pages of Canadian history as the mastermind behind the countrys largest gold theft. Known as the flying bandit or the gentleman bandit, Leishman had already gainedMoreIn 1966, Ken Leishman stepped onto the Winnipeg Airport tarmac and into the pages of Canadian history as the mastermind behind the countrys largest gold theft.

Known as the flying bandit or the gentleman bandit, Leishman had already gained Dillinger-esque notoriety as a bank robber, when he stole the publics imagination with his last great exploit: brazenly - and politely - holding up a bank in Toronto.Regarded as a Robin Hood-like figure at the height of his exploits, Leishman had humble beginnings in Holland, Manitoba.

Master story-teller Wayne Tefs imagines what happened behind the Flying Bandit headlines, inter-mingling the full-on action of the gold heist with the story of a smart but troubled kid growing up in a stifling small prairie town. Raised by ultra-strict grandparents, young Ken thrived on Bowery Boys, Gary Cooper and James Cagney movies.

As a married man and father of seven, Tefs Leishman dreams of greatness, and a good life for his family free from poverty and worry. Even as he plots the greatest caper in Canada, he is conflicted by his wifes tears and guilt-ridden with his failed promises to go straight.Once again, Tefs presents another fictionalized version of a tremendous true story. Readers will be hard-pressed to judge the life of this gentleman bandit and Canadian folk-hero who dared to fly far out of bounds.



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