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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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Golden Tongue? I don’t think so

Author/narrator claims to have been given the nickname of Golden Tongue. Based on the drab, monotonous reading of this book I find that hard to believe.

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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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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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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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Encouraging

This audiobook has made me look back at my past that still haunts me up to this day. I need to change and live in the present without looking back only forward. I know Joe was able to change and learned from his years in prison so can I.

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Not the Same Old Gangsta Story

Smart, funny, sad, and exciting. Will take you on an emotional roller-coaster on how someone so smart can also be so dumb. Money and power can corrupt us all.

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Couldn’t get past the 2nd chapter

The narrator has a terrible voice for reading and it sounds like he shouts out little bits of sentences then pauses at odd times. The timeline of the story bounces around from one paragraph to the next and the story seems to bumble around having nowhere to go.
After major edits and a new narrator, this book could be enjoyable.

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Honest, candid view of a mobster lifestyle

Well written and well read. Felt like I was with this brilliant con man.

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Crime pays

Incredible story. A lot if people lost money and jobs because of this guy. seems he should have paid a bigger price.

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Decent story

It was good. Kept my interest. It’s always good when the author reads his own work. But by the end , I was tired of hearing how great of a sales guy businessman he was

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epic story. lessons learned. love lost.

superbly written read and remembered
story of one man's life and how it went up and down as a rollercoaster...