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In December 1919, Ambrose Small, the owner of the Grand Opera House in Toronto, closed a business deal, deposited a million-dollar cheque in his bank account, and was never seen again. The disappearance became the most "extraordinary unsolved mystery" of its time. In the decades to come, everything about the case would be called into question, including the motivations of his inner circle, his enemies, and the work of police.
In The Missing Millionaire, Katie Daubs weaves together a gripping narrative with the social and cultural history of a city undergoing immense change. Drawing on extensive research, newly discovered archival material, and her own interviews with the descendants of key figures, Katie Daubs offers a rich portrait of life in an evolving city in the early twentieth century. Delving into a crime story about the power of the elite, she vividly recounts the page-turning tale of a cold case that is truly stranger than fiction.