Flim-flam Man: A True Family History
"One frosty winter morning, Jennifer Vogel opened the newspaper and read that her father had gone on the run. John Vogel, fifty-two, had been arrested for single-handedly counterfeiting nearly $20 million in U.S. currency - the fourth-largest sum ever seized by federal agents - and then released pending trial. Though Jennifer hadn't spoken to her father in more than four years, the police suspected he might turn up at her Minneapolis apartment. She examined the shadows outside her building, thought she spotted him at the grocery store and the bus stop. He had simply vanished." "Framed around the six months her father eluded authorities, Jennifer's memoir documents the police chase - stakeouts, lie detector tests, even a segment on Unsolved Mysteries - and vividly chronicles her tumultuous childhood while examining her father's legacy. A lifelong criminal who robbed banks, burned down buildings, scammed investors, and even plotted murder, John Vogel was also a hapless dreamer who wrote a novel, baked lemon meringue pies, and took his ten-year-old daughter to see Rocky in an empty theater on Christmas Eve. When it came time to pass his counterfeit bills, he spent them at Wal-Mart for political reasons." "Culling from memories, photo albums, public documents, and interviews with the handful of people who knew the real John Vogel, Jennifer has created an intensely moving psychological portrait of a charismatic, larger-than-life figure - a father who loved her and whom, in spite of everything, she loved back."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Review: Flim-Flam Man: A True Family HistoryUser Review - Christopher Roth - Goodreads
A riveting story, but incredibly sad. What's refreshing is that the author doesn't blow her own horn by dwelling on--ie bragging about--her personal triumph over a dysfunctional family, which would get in the way of the story and in the way of appreciating the characters for who they are ... Read full review
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This is Not The Duke of Deception. Writer strews metaphors like Kandy Korn on Halloween. The seeds of good story are here, but I gave up.
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