Assuming Names: A Con Artists’ Tale **FUCKING AMAZING

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Most of you aren’t privy to my love of working within the legal community. It’s compelling, gives me the only dose of drama I can stand – regularly, and provides me invaluable knowledge. That said, this book was ridiculous in its power over me. If you don’t have this book, do yourself a favor – skip Starbucks tomorrow and buy this book tonight. I found it fantastic; thrilling, lightly emotional (thankfully because I’m a cold bitch to hear some tell it) and insanely witty. Here’s my official review:

I read the excerpt of this book and my brainmeats said, wait, WHAT? Then I slowed down and read it again. Born and raised in Dallas, and only 9 years younger than the author, I was intrigued more than I can describe.

Growing up in the lower income parts of Dallas will show you that the soap opera you see on TV, is definitely shot in a prettier part of the city. The Dallas Tanya describes in this book is two blocks from the streets I was willing to walk down. I was immediately captivated and traveled down every block with her, I’ve been down most of those very same streets – at different times. She was who I thought I would be when I got older, she was daring, fearless and impossible to intimidate. She had charm and the ability to talk circles around people, even those we think should be above it.

A 15 year old! Hoodwinks law enforcement! Amazing! This book is a page turner, and that term does it no justice. Good books stay in the back of your mind while you’re at work, the characters take on a life inside your mind and when you aren’t in that world, you wonder how they’re doing. This book, this story, was alive in my mind. So much of this book made me doubt it was autobiographical and several times I returned to the bio and reread it, shaking my head in disbelief. Driving cars into the corners of buildings, specifically to destroy them! Faking identities, challenging drug lords, nearly going to Mexican prison…and that’s such a small sampling of this story.

The tone of the book gave me a knowing smile, people are indeed stupid, and even now will believe so much that you tell them…I know then, it was child’s play. I appreciated it when she spoke directly to me, to us – the reader. It’s as if she gives us credit for being a little smarter because we are reading her book. The empathy she speaks of..it can be handicapping. I can’t say I always see myself in the character of a book, but in this I did. I saw the part of me that’s a coward..and does what she’s supposed to..I am glad that for a few page turning days, I got to live vicariously through her..in my own city.

If only every book I read were this compelling. I anxiously await the follow up 🙂

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