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An Ingenious Excuse:
The True Story of Patrick Lyon and the First Great American Bank Robbery

By John & Nancy Lankenau

ISBN: 978-1-942586-82-1


On the morning of September 2, 1798, just after first light, the back door to Carpenters’ Hall is discovered ajar. Gold, silver, banknotes-the vast riches of a well-guarded bank vault-all of it gone without a trace. Frantic bankers secure an arrest warrant for the clever blacksmith who worked on the vault doors, a young Scot who crossed the ocean like thousands of others on America’s promise of liberty and opportunity. Bankers know him to be innocent but lock him up anyway, then leave him to die in their fever-ridden jail. An incredible true tale of history about the first big bank robbery in America. It’s a David and Goliath story about a recent immigrant who must uncover the truth about a robbery he didn’t commit.

“Is Mr. Lyon got clear, or is he condemned?”

352 page softcover

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - John & Nancy Lankenau

John and Nancy live in the small town of Lake Havasu City, located in northwestern Arizona. John is a practicing orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. When he is not caring for his patients, John’s interests include a lifetime love of flying. If not flying, John can be found reading or fly fishing on a quiet creek in Colorado. Nancy loves outdoor activities of all kinds. After completion of a J.D./Ph.D. and admission to the Colorado Bar, Nancy worked first in special education law at the state level and later in higher education at the University of Colorado. This book is their first collaborative writing effort.