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Upper Saddle River NJ, from time to time the Ridgewood blog does book reviews and we just finished the “King of Con ” by Thomas Giacomaro and Natasha Stoynoff published in 2018 . We received a copy from the author Tom Giacomaro , the “King of Con: himself through a mutual friend in early February and finally got to reading it this past weekend .
The book is an auto biography of Bergen County con man Thomas Giacomaro (the King of Con) . Giacomaro spent 12 years in jail for bilking investors out of $73 million (some say $80 million ) and the tell-all book is billed as , “How a Smooth-Talking Jersey Boy Made and Lost Billions, Baffled the FBI, Eluded the Mob, and Lived to Tell the Crooked Tale.”
Well its all true , he did and the book is a fun, fast ,non stop adventure of a brilliant con-man weaving his way through a local whos who of mob associates , politicians , industries ,law enforcement and Bergen history .
The New Jersey swindler who became a government informant and fleeced over 200 investors out of $73 million while he was under the “watchful eye” of the FBI. Including the bestselling whodunit author Mary Higgins Clark aka ,“The Queen of Suspense” . Higgins may have been bilked of as much as $20 million after she and her sons invested in Wellesley Services, a brokerage house linked to Giacomaro .
The author takes a cynical view of both the con and the conned reducing human nature down to nothing more than fear vs greed. Time lining, his life from a young boy growing up in North Jersey ,with an abusive father and alcoholic mother ,Giacomaro chronicles the choices he makes or dose not make , the lure of the “life” , family , crime, drugs , alcohol and the adrenaline rush of the score. All the time living a lavish lifestyle with luxury residences in Saddle River, and Delray Beach.
For anyone interested in colorful piece of New Jersey’s and Bergen’s down and dirty past , or what I like to call the “other side” of history this is a must read book !
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