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Crafty Crooks & Conmen (ePub)

P&S History > True Crime

By Sue Blackhall, Nigel Blundell
Imprint: Wharncliffe True Crime
File Size: 3.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781781598887
Published: 19th March 2009


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They're crafty and cunning ' every one of them a conman who would relieve you of your hard-earned cash without a qualm. And yet what sets apart the crooks who fill the pages of this book is the manner of their crimes. It is not so much what they do but the style in which they do it that makes them memorable.

Their exploits are, of course, reprehensible. But while it would it be utterly wrong to condone their criminal artifice, it is near-impossible to not to admire their ingenuity. If only the conmen whose crimes are catalogued here had turned their energy and expertise to honest enterprise, most of them would have been rich and famous. In the event, most ended up outcast and infamous.

Like Victor Lustig, the 'Bouncing Czech', who was arguably the greatest conmen of the past century. Having sold the Eiffel Tower (twice) and gone on the run with the proceeds, he should have retired rich. Instead he carried
on duping people and died in jail. Or the philanderering politician who threw away a glittering career for
greed and the love of a beautiful woman. Or the 'friend of the stars' who infiltrated a royal castle. Or the phony 'spy' who enslaved his gullible victims. Or the fake Scots 'laird' who operated from the heart of Scotland Yard.

The confidence tricksters in this book are a disparate a bunch of characters but they have one thing in common their exploits are remembered long after their more virtuous victims are forgotten!

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About Sue Blackhall

SUE BLACKHALL is an ex-Fleet Street writer who co-wrote the Top Ten expos Fall of the House of Windsor, which first revealed the so-called Squidgygate tape and the infidelity of both Princess Diana and Prince Charles. She has written a number of other titles covering subjects as diverse as military history, celebrity scandals, ghosts and the paranormal.

 Nigel Blundell

About Nigel Blundell

NIGEL BLUNDELL is a journalist who has worked in the United States, Australia and Great Britain. He spent twenty-five years in Fleet Street before becoming a contributor to national newspapers and magazines. He is author of more than fifty factual books, many on crime and criminal behaviour.

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