James R. Dubro
Investigative journalist/Documentary TV producer/Crime writer/Bookseller


James Dubro has been a well-known crime-writer (on organized crime and policing), documentarian, and author for the past three decades. He has published five bestselling books, including Mob Rule and Dragons of Crime (both about crime in Toronto),  and helped to produce many major television documentaries, including the famed CBC-TV’s Connections series on various aspects of organized crime as well as programs on organized crime for CITY-TV (Rough Cuts and Witness). He also co-authored the definition of organized crime for the Canadian Enclyclopedia.

James is the (twice) past president of the Crime writers of Canada as well as the winner of the CWC’s Derrick Murdoch award for his tenure as the Arthur Ellis Awards chair.

He is a contributor to magazines as diverse as Canadian Business, Icon, Hamilton Magazine, Xtra, Toronto Life, and NOW.


Winner, ANIK and Gemini for Best Documentary for Connections (1977-79)
Shortlisted, Gemini for Best Documentary for The KGB Connections (CBC, 1983)
Centre for Investigative Journalism award for best investigative article for “Life inside the Mob” (Toronto Life, 1985)
Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Award for Best True Crime, 1988, for King of the Mob (Viking/Penguine)(co-authored with Robin Rowland)
Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Award for Best True Crime, 1992, Undercover: Cases of the RCMP’s Most Secret Operative (Octopus)(co-authored with Robin Rowland)