I couldn’t pass up this book for 49 cents! I found it at Best Thrift in Norfolk on my birthday.
I’ve always loved the movie, and I knew it was based on a true story. I hadn’t read the book that inspired the movie. Until now!
For me, finishing this book was a struggle. I think this is one of the few times where seeing the movie affected my perception of the book.
Reading Abnagle’s story, overall, was very fascinating. Before he turned 19-years-old, Abnagle had successfully conned many companies and banks out of millions of dollars. He posed as a Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) pilot in the U.S. and in cities throughout the world, a doctor in Georgia, and a lawyer in Louisiana. After he was apprehended, the FBI came to him to help them catch other check forgers.
But, after Chapter 8, I stalled. It was tough to keep going. I almost gave up entirely.
At the same time, I hate not finishing books. So, I pressed on. It ended well, but I felt like I stuck in neutral for a while.
Initially, I wasn’t sure why I got stuck for several days. Then, I realized that I was playing the movie in my head, and I know that affected my reading.
If you’re looking for an interesting, true story, about one of the smartest, most cunning thieves that both the U.S. and the world has seen, I recommend this book.
3 out of 5 stars.
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂