Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade

Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade

When it was over, there were a lot of questions.

The detectives were embarrassed but they still wanted answered, "How did a 15-year-old runaway successfully pose as a world traveled countess?"

The newspapers turned it back on them, practically sneering, "How did she do it while under investigation by the FBI, DEA, and Interpol?"

The Mafia had been demanding the same thing for six months, "What is your real name?"

And the psychologists asked the question they always ask, "Why?"

It’s the why of it that will keep a girl in trouble.

Assuming Names is the true story of a young con artist. It’s the tale of a runaway that assumed the title of Countess and then went on to fool the FBI, DEA, and Interpol—as well as a number of other celebrities and institutions—with an elaborate tale of world intrigue.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Hello everyone. This is Tanya. You may find yourself reading my book and saying, “No, this did not happen.” You may be inclined to say it is too far-fetched and, quite frankly, impossible. I have provided evidence at my website that what I write is the truth. I mention it at the front of the book but it may be easy to overlook, so I am reiterating here.

At my website are copies of the newspaper and magazine articles mentioned in the book. The articles are from the Austin American Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, and Woman’s World Magazine. They are all nationally recognized media for news. Previous reviewers were concerned I may have gone to Photoshop to create them, and while my book does paint me as the sort that would do such a thing, the reality is that those media institutions would sue me into submission before the cache could be cleared.

In the end, you may not believe me, but you can surely believe what the papers wrote.

Title:Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade
Edition Language:English
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    Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade Reviews

  • Victor

    Edit: Story is easily verified through the Dallas Morning News archives. Search for title: Teen-ager untangles her web of deceit. Date: May 1, 1986I normally don’t get involved in these discussions ...

  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it numerous times during the editing process and enjoyed it more and more each time I read it.As is often said, the truth is stranger than fiction....

  • Jenny Blossom

    This seems the place to share Postal prints. My favourite photographer hangs in the White Gallery. He’s got a way of capturing the essence of things and what he’s captured here is Tanya’s most m...

  • Sabrina

    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...

  • Philip Tha- B. Toole

    What an amazing story-- I'm floored by the sheer audacity. My first, second, third.... twentieth thought was, 'this can't be real?' But, is it? After having gone through it, I don't even know! :D)Who ...

  • Amanda

    This was a hard book for me to rate. It was wildly amusing and entertaining. Often I would shake my head and wonder what was she thinking, then I would remember the author's excuse, fifteen. I remembe...

  • Ryann Hall

    I really enjoyed the fact that this is a true story with plenty of evidence to support it such as newspaper articles. When you finish reading this book, the author gives you links to all the articles ...

  • Michael DeAngelo

    These days, the antihero has become somewhat of a fan favorite in terms of a reader's choice of protagonist. Thompson excels at writing a character with shades of grey, rather than strict blacks and w...

  • AnnMarie Stone

    Assuming Names by Tanya ThompsonLet us start off by saying that I love this book. It was overall very well written and extremely entertaining. I basically read it in two sittings. Love it. In the fore...

  • Marina Spirova

    This book was recently suggested to me by a friend. I thought a lot about reading it, since it is not exactly my type of literature, but once I started reading it I just couldn't stop and at the same ...