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In June 1994 the Oakland Tribune cracked the story of a string of bizarre deaths in the San Francisco area. The victims were elderly, well-to-do, and in each case, had been befriended by members of an extended Gypsy family - the Tene Bimbos.

Fay Fanon, also known as Rat Dog Dick, a dynamic and unconventional private investigator in the Bay area, was hired to look into the strange accusations of an elderly widow who claimed she was being swindled out of her hilltop mansion by a young man named Danny Tene. Within days, the widow was dead and Danny Tene stood to inherit a fortune.

Olsen chronicles Fanon's hunt for Danny Tene, his mother Mary Steiner, and his beautiful sister Angela - a family of suspected con artists who may have been responsible for the deaths of as many as five helpless elderly men and women, whose property - and possibly whose lives - the Gypsies allegedly stole.

©1998 Jack Olsen; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[A] brisk, well-researched treatment of murders most foul." (Publishers Weekly)
"Masterfully told by true-crime doyen Olsen, this is the quintessential story that would be funny if it weren't so sad." (Booklist)

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Jack Olsen??

This doesn’t sound like the Jack Olsen I know and the worst part was the narration. Had Kevin Pierce done it I would’ve kept going but after two hours I had to quit. Unbearable.

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Not his best

I did not care for the writing on this one. I really wondered if this was ghost written. The reading was uncomfortable I really did not think I would finish it

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Another Winner From Olsen

As usual, Jack Olsen spins fantastic back stories and takes all the back roads to give us yet another fascinating true crime tale