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Mystery Man: Gangsters, Oil, and Murder in Michigan.

* Mystery Man: Gangsters, Oil, and Murder in Michigan

BY ROBERT KNAPP

Clare, Michigan: Cliophile Press, $17, http://cliophilepress.com

In 1938, the small town of Clare was rocked by a murder at the Doherty Hotel, as Jack Livingston fired three shots at his former friend Isaiah Leebove, a lawyer and politician who walked the line between respectability and the underworld. Livingston was acquitted on grounds of temporary insanity, but a question remains as to whether the murder was revenge by a disgruntled colleague, or a well-orchestrated gangland slaying. Drawing on newspaper reports, personal interviews, and a wide range of unpublished material, "Mystery Man" traces the history of Livingston, Leebove, and their associates in the drama that played out during central Michigan's oil boom.

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Publication:Michigan History Magazine
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Date:Nov 1, 2014
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