Overview

Stories of rustlers, train robbers, gamblers of the wild west became well-known all over the world. Yet, as they grew old and died, another breed took their place in history, gangsters with names such as Capone, Lansky, Luciano, Siegel. Books, movies continue to tell their stories. Yet there is one who is never mention in those books nor seen in movies. He sat at the bar of his Phoenix restaurant for 37 years, keeping his secrets safe, until 1996 when Phoenix author, Mabel Leo, discovered his true identity casing...
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The Saga of Jack Durant

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Overview

Stories of rustlers, train robbers, gamblers of the wild west became well-known all over the world. Yet, as they grew old and died, another breed took their place in history, gangsters with names such as Capone, Lansky, Luciano, Siegel. Books, movies continue to tell their stories. Yet there is one who is never mention in those books nor seen in movies. He sat at the bar of his Phoenix restaurant for 37 years, keeping his secrets safe, until 1996 when Phoenix author, Mabel Leo, discovered his true identity casing her to write THE SAGA OF JACK DURANT. The popularity of that book caught the attention of playwright Terry Earp who wrote an award-winning play based on Leo’s book and inspired her to write, JACK’S WORLD in which she tells more tales of Jack, including his spirit being seen at the restaurant long after his death. Interest in Jack grew and, after more research, Leo wrote MOB MOLE revealing more of Jack’s life in Las Vegas with the mob. Though Jack Durant died in 1987, his story still lives.
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The Arizona Republic
Anyone who knew Jack Durant or regularly dined at his restaurant will be interested in reading "The Saga of Jack Durant", a new book self-published by Phoenix resident Mabel Leo. It's a biography of Durant, touching briefly on his upbringing in rural Tennessee & more fully on his purported involvement with organized crime in the gambling business. "People who knew him were so anxious for his story to be told", Leo said.
Uptown Skyline
Jack Durant, founder of Durant's Restaurant, died in 1987 at the age of 85. Even in death, his life remains a mystery, says Mabel Leo. "I traveled to Tennessee, Nevada, the Globe-Miami area looking for answers. Some people, even a private detective, refused to talk to me. An anonymous phone call one night pointed me in the right direction.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015246308
  • Publisher: MIBS Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Durant Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 414,546
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Calling herself a small town girl from the big city, Mabel Leo's professional writing career began as a newspaper columnist in Florida. When she and her husband moved to Phoenix, Arizona, she gave up writing, and went to work as an Office Manager. In 1988 her husband died and, after a few years, she decided to try writing again as a columnist. Being unknown in Arizona, she needed something no one had done. Friends suggested an article about the customers of a local, well-known restaurant, Durant's. Much had been written about the food, the decor, but not the loyalty of customers to one restaurant. She interviewed the office manager whose stories of Jack Durant filled her with curiosity. Five years later, after finding his ex-wives, receiving his F.B.I. records and countless interviews with those who thought they knew him plus visiting his hometown in Tennessee, She wrote "The Saga of Jack Durant". That spawned an award-winning play & "Jack's World" followed by "MOB MOLE" in which she reveals how a young, uneducated, dirt poor kid from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee made himself valuable to the most powerful and dangerous gangsters of his time.
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