Assuming Names

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Assuming Names is the true story of a young con artist. It’s the tale of a runaway that assumed the title of Countess and then went on to fool the FBI, DEA, and Interpol—as well as a number of other celebrities and institutions—with an elaborate tale of world intrigue. More

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Words: 68,070
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311789785
About Tanya Thompson

It’s often these little things that flummox me.

About the author…

Let's just say I’m a mischievous criminal with a penchant for charming my way into trouble and then out of arrest.

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Review by: Julia Bell on May 04, 2014 :
This book is a con artist’s adventure, a thriller, a suspense, a dark comedy, and it’s also a true crime memoir. Thompson has written something that crosses quite a few lines, blurring the genres as she does.

Regardless of what else it is, it’s a fine misadventure.

Throughout the book, from the opening in Dallas to the conclusion on the Yucatan peninsula, it is designed to entertain the reader. The characters, the plot and the style are all fabulous.

That said, it is not a book I would recommend to just anyone. It is sure to offend the sensitive in more than one tribe. Proceed with caution.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Patrick Nelson on April 30, 2014 :
Dark, violent, illegal, twisted, irresponsible, demented, irreverent, funny … funny?

Funny, is it? You’re a sociopath.

Don't let it worry you though, it seems several of us here are.

For those that are not socially delinquent or morally questionable, the book could probably use a warning. It is likely to offend the sensitive. It may outrage the religious and law abiding and also the square and probably the sheltered too. I carry none of those curses so I found it to be a shiny gem in the cold pile of rocks known as biography.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Renee Bennett on April 28, 2014 :
Assuming Names is everything I want in a non-fiction book: strong and unapologetic narration, written like fiction with an emphasis on entertainment, unexpected plot twists, humour, suspense, and it left me with a desire to read more.

From the first sentence I was hooked. It starts with a haunted house, quickly moves on to fur coats, cocktail dresses and the FBI. It drags into the plot both the Mafia and the Cambodian mob, goes on to spend time in a mental institution, and then ultimately ends up in a chase through the Yucatan jungle with a stolen Mayan artefact and the Mexican cartel in pursuit.

The story is exciting. The writing is excellent. The story is original and unlike anything I have read before. I had more fun reading this book than I know how to say. It was a deliriously good time.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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