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Son of a Grifter Audiobook

Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America: A Memoir by the Other Son

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Publisher's Summary

In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her 23-year-old son, Kenny. But the most chilling story of all was never told - until now.

Kent Walker, Sante's elder son, reveals how he survived 40 years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away. As a child Kent watched his mother destroy his hardworking father, Ed Walker, and then - with Kent's painful collusion - snare what Sante called "my millionaire". When she married seemingly respectable real-estate developer Ken Kimes, it was a match made in hell. For the next two decades, Kent's mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behavior, laying waste to each other and anyone who got in the way. When Kent's half brother, Kenny, was born, Kent was 12 years old - old enough to know that he was his younger sibling's only protector.

©2001 Kent Walker with Mark Schone (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Well researched and touching.... As a chronicle of Sante Kimes's life, it's unlikely to be surpassed by any other." (Publishers Weekly)

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-03-17
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-03-17 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "CON PEOPLE AT THEIR WORST!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. IT IS SUCH A PREPOSTEROUS STORY. YET IT IS TRUE. SANTE KIMES WAS A FLAWED PERSON. SHE LEFT CHAOS EVERYWHERE SHE WENT. SHE HAD NO IDEA OF WHAT HAVING MORALS WAS EVEN ABOUT. IT MOVES FROM ONE INCIDENT TO THE NEXT. KEEPS YOU INTERESTED.


    What other book might you compare Son of a Grifter to and why?

    SERPENTINE BY THOMAS THOMPSON.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    WHEN SANTE GOT HER JUST DESERT.


    Any additional comments?

    I HAD BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BOOK. I READ IT PHYSICALLY A LONG TIME AGO. I CAN'T READ ANYMORE AND I WAS HAPPY WHEN IT WAS AVAILABLE AUDIBLY

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "It's amazing how much my childhood has in common"

    Interesting but sometimes hard to believe that Kent was eating out of trash cans for weeks and nobody at school could tell that he was homeless. Then his mother would show up in a house after abandoning him. Why didn't he just sleep there. It is awesome that Kent survived to live an ordinary life.

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    "Well told"

    This had to be hard to tell. Dysfunctional family is an understatement and while step father, mother and step brother decided to turn bad, the author is the victor of his life deciding to live an acceptable life instead of a life of crime although he laments not having a normal loving family. Very well told, didn't want to stop listening.

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