The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw

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He started out as a crook—and ended up busting them—in this true “high-flying, adrenaline-filled story with the feel of the movie The Sting” (Booklist).
 
Craig Glazer’s unlikely story begins back when he was in college and tried to score some weed, only to get ripped off. But instead of walking away the wiser, Glazer—inspired by the gangster movies he always loved—got payback. Aided by his partner in crime, Donald Woodbeck, Glazer set up a fake police sting on the drug dealers and walked away with a lot of cash.
 
Encouraged by their success, Glazer, Woodbeck, and a gang of like-minded ne’er-do-wells began pulling similar and profitable cons all over the country. But when the lifestyle began to get too “messy,” Glazer retired—or so he thought.
 
It turned out the Kansas City attorney general’s office had heard stories of Glazer’s operation, and they wanted him to help take down some of the biggest and baddest drug dealers around. And he did just that—right up until he became the target of an investigation that would bring his world crashing down . . . 
 
In this memoir of drugs, guns, and money, Craig Glazer spins a wild, frightening, and funny cautionary tale of a life lived on the edge.
 
“Fans of memoirs set in the world of cons and scams—the books of Frank W. Abagnale, for example—will completely enjoy this one.” —Booklist
 
“A great read. It’s the life I would have lived if I didn’t care about my reputation.” —Kansas City Star
 
“The truth of this story is stunning. It reads like good fiction. Craig Glazer’s life is insane, and this book proves it.” —Lewis Black
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About the author

Craig Glazer now lives a “quiet” life. He has even run for mayor of Kansas City, his hometown, where he is widely known as the owner of Stanford and Sons, the top comedy club in the city.
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Publisher
Skyhorse
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Published on
Jul 17, 2008
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781628730142
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Language
English
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Genres
True Crime / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction

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From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.

Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.
In the most extraordinary book Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than forty-nine young women. The quest to discover the most prolific serial killer in American history has been an intimate part of Ann Rule's life, with some of the corpses found only a mile or so from where she lived and raised her own daughters. She did not know the killer, but he apparently knew her and attended many of her book signings.
For twenty-one years, the killer carried out his self-described "career" as a killing machine, ridding the world of women he considered evil. His eerie ability to lure his victims to their deaths and hide their bodies made him far more dangerous than any infamous multiple murderer in the annals of crime.
A few men -- including a law student, a truck painter, and a taxi driver -- eventually emerged as the prime suspects among an unprecedented forty thousand scrutinized by the Green River Task Force. Still, there was no physical evidence linking any of them to the murders until 2001, when investigators used a new DNA process on a saliva sample they had preserved since 1987, with stunning results.
Ann Rule has followed the case since July 1982, when the first body -- that of teenager Wendy Lee Coffield -- was found in the Green River, snagged on pilings under a bridge. Rule has compiled voluminous files, working through an incredible 95,000 pages of official police records, transcripts, photographs, and maps, winnowing out the chaff and identifying what is truly important. Over the years, she gained unparalleled access to all the key players -- from King County Sheriff Dave Reichert to those close to the killer and his victims.
When finally apprehended and convicted, the killer made a detailed confession -- of his twisted sexual obsessions -- that will shock even the most jaded reader. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young girls were, and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal book of Ann Rule's long career.
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