The King of Con

How a Smooth-Talking Jersey Boy Made and Lost Billions, Baffled the FBI, Eluded the Mob, and Lived to Tell the Crooked Tale
Narrated by: Thomas Giacomaro
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Jersey boy with a knack for numbers, a gift for making people trust him, and an all-consuming hunger to be king of the business world, Tom Giacomaro could convince anyone of anything. 

As a teenager, Tom Giacomaro began working in the mob-laden New Jersey trucking industry. A charming, brash-talking salesman, he climbed the ranks, and let his lust for money and relationships with New York and Philadelphia crime families send him spiraling into a world of drugs and violence. Forced to go on the lam in South Africa and Europe he returned a year later - with millions of dollars' worth of diamonds stuffed in his underwear. And that's only the beginning. 

In his memoir, Tom details how he eventually hashed out a deal with the FBI, agreeing to become a special crime informant to avoid jail time - only he somehow manages not to rat anyone out and, incredibly, continues his high-finance, shady dealings, luring celebrities and other high-profile contacts to invest millions in his new business ventures. When it all inevitably comes crashing down, Tom is thrown in prison for over a decade - yet, even behind bars, he's able to get what he wants from anyone: the warden, the doctors, the guards, and his fellow inmates... and finds a way to get released early. 

Cowritten by Natasha Stoynoff, The King of Con is the true story about a smart, streetwise Jersey boy who talked his way to the top and became richer and more successful than his wildest dreams. It offers an unforgettable look into the life of a man who became hooked on living life to thrilling and dangerous excess, rubbing elbows with celebrities and crime bosses, until he was humbled by the FBI, by the US Attorney, and by life itself. 

Now, Tom is back in his old New Jersey neighborhood. His mob cronies are calling, his palms are itching to make billions again, and the US Attorney's office is watching. Will he stay on the straight and narrow, or will he return to his old ways and steal back his crown of crime as the King of Con?

©2018 Thomas Giacomaro (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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maximal average

once you have red the summary you know the story. no major surprises, no learnings. easy listening well red but i am sure there are better books out there.

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What a bunch of nonsense

It started out ok, but halfway through its obvious the author is making it up as he goes. Don't waste your money.

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IF YOU BUT THIS BOOK YOU HAVE BEEN CONNED

I bought this book looking for a interesting and twisting business story, instead i got the ramblings of a out of touch braggart who read his own book and did it poorly. wasted my money!!

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Excellent

This book is very entertaining. The author does a great job in narrating. I really enjoyed the book.

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Cautionary Tales of a Criminal Mind

There are people that have criminal minds and they are solidly parked in them. This story is about a guy who was able to create other minds to go along with his criminal mind and/or to step outside of his criminal mind. What helped him escape being parked inside his criminal mind, was the opportunities he took to help others. He is a very good storyteller so he obviously has a creative mind and a thinking mind. People can rise above a drug addict's mind but rising above a criminal mind can be very difficult some people. And some of those people are running large corporations and have no "criminal history". I do not believe he is a sociopath or a narcissist. He was just a bright kid that was a loose cannon. And his crime sprees became games to win at. He has a gaming mind too. His criminal mind was mainly that of a thief. The covert and violent criminal in this tale escaped justice and was never held accountable for his crimes. His father who beat his wife and child.

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Once a con, always a con

If you don't think he heavyly embellished a story he mostly made up . . . then the book's title lived up to it's name.

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Hard to believe

It’s hard for me to believe everything the author says is true. I do believe he is a narcissist, as he admits. He constantly reminds you of how brilliant he is

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Loved it

Such a great listen. Compelling stories. I finished in 2 days. I wish he had more books

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good listen

I like all books narrated by the author, especially when they are characters like Tom G.

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heartfelt and sincere

I really liked it, it was read by the author and that made it so authentic.

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epic story. lessons learned. love lost.

superbly written read and remembered
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