The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw

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Craig Glazer was an ordinary college student when he planned and successfully executed his first fake sting to get back at some drug dealers who had robbed him. The rush he got from the experience led him and a crew of 11 accomplices to mastermind a two-year, 33-sting spree that stretched coast to coast, posing as everything from local police to IRS agents and hotel managers. Glazer and Donald Woodbeck, his partner in crime, sniffed out some of the most sought-after drug lords in the country for the FBI and DEA ...

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Overview

Craig Glazer was an ordinary college student when he planned and successfully executed his first fake sting to get back at some drug dealers who had robbed him. The rush he got from the experience led him and a crew of 11 accomplices to mastermind a two-year, 33-sting spree that stretched coast to coast, posing as everything from local police to IRS agents and hotel managers. Glazer and Donald Woodbeck, his partner in crime, sniffed out some of the most sought-after drug lords in the country for the FBI and DEA like bloodhounds. For a while, the plan worked—until Craig's world came crashing down.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Glazer's boisterous but strangely captivating debut, this average college drop-out from the Midwest introduces readers to his crew, a gang of young adults who get by-and get off-on stealing from unsavory characters by impersonating law enforcement. The story focuses on Glazer and his fearless sidekick, Woodbeck, over two years, as they travel the country outwitting both the crooks and the law, often at the same time. Would-be rough and tumble villains high on their own bravura, Woodbeck becomes more menacing and dangerous while Glazer continues to indulge his fantasy that their risky plots are more like Hollywood make-believe than organized crime. The tragic end-game, of course, brings Glazer crashing back to back to earth, but he pushes the Robin Hood narrative to a delusional degree. Though daring and difficult to look away from, Glazer is like a card shark showing us his crooked hand, then trying to convince us (and himself) that he was playing it straight all along. 16 pgs b&w photos
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Kirkus Reviews
True-crime drama featuring a natural-born grifter who ingeniously scammed his way across the country. The son of divorced parents, Glazer rebelled early, eschewing his studies in favor of rock concerts, drug experimentation, explosive pyrotechnics and dreams of becoming a gangster. In 1971, he and a few Arizona State buddies were robbed at gunpoint during a botched marijuana deal. Seeking the kind of vengeance he'd seen in his favorite mob movies, the enraged author aligned himself with seasoned drug smuggler Don Woodbeck, who put a .38 Smith & Wesson into his hand and taught him the art of gunplay. The men hatched plans to dupe Glazer's muggers by impersonating law enforcement and busting them. A host of other Phoenix-area crooks joined Glazer and Woodbeck's operation, which led to several more successful cons. The men posed as everything from police officers to IRS agents in stings that netted them huge windfalls. As their hubris escalated, the jobs began to get "dirty and messy"; after a gun battle in the summer of 1973 with the dealer who had ripped him off two years earlier, 20-year-old Glazer quit the sting business and headed back to school at the University of Missouri. The Kansas City Attorney General's office had gotten wind of his activities in Arizona, however, and the AG needed Glazer's help to bring down some notorious underworld drug lords. As a special narcotics agent for the state of Kansas, he used the same tactics he had used outside the law, supplying drugs to dealers to bust them. Eventually Glazer was singled out and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine in what he describes as political vendetta against his boss. But not to worry: Hollywood came callingsoon after. The author describes his tribulations in a strangely effusive tone, and some readers may feel that a lifetime of duplicity is hardly something to gush about. Too smug for its own good. Agent: Ian Kleinert/Objective Entertainment
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602392496
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,152,660
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Glazer now lives a "quiet" life. He has even run for mayor of Kansas City, his hometown, where he is widely known as the owner of Stanford and Sons, the top comedy club in the city. Sal Manna has been a freelance writer for nearly three decades, with publications in Time, Playboy, People, The Los Angeles Times,The Boston Herald, and Newsday, among others. He lives in Valley Springs, California. 25 b/w photographs.

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Table of Contents

Authors' Note ix

1 Higher Education 1

2 A Portrait of the Con Artist as a Young Man 15

3 Flash for the Cash 31

4 A Life of Crime 49

5 Bullets and Bikers 67

6 Kill or Be Killed 89

7 Undercover Cop 113

8 Outlaws and Outsiders 341

9 Going Hollywood 159

10 Blood in Redondo Beach 169

11 No Trust in Tinseltown 195

12 Dope and Duplicity 217

13 Getting Stung 237

14 On Trial 247

15 Behind Bars 263

Epilogue 283

Acknowledgments 291

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    best crime book I've read since The Godfather

    hard to believe I had not heard of Glazer before I read this book...never has this era been so clearly covered in this page turner....I read it in two days...hope he will write another one...from stings, to being an undercover cop to Hollywood,stinging the Feds and Prison and then back to Hollywood, what a ride....simply put DON'T MISS THIS ONE

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