Assuming Names: a con artist's masquerade

Assuming Names: a con artist's masquerade

by Tanya Thompson


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781496156525
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2014
Series: Criminal Mischief , #1
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 337,727
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Assuming Names: a con artist's masquerade 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jbarr5 7 months ago
Assuming Names by Tanya Thompson Book starts out with a story about a 15 year old girl. She's got quite the knowledge of how to do things in the 1980's to make her life easier. Many thefts, impersonating others, multiple SSNs, passports and lots of cc's she is able to talk herself out of a psych ward and she travels the world. Remember this is in the 80's! Liked the parts about the travel and where she ended up and how she was able to even accomplish the thefts, always blaming it on others. Based on a true story. Lots of drugs, stealing while growing up and at times going to college. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with links to excerpts of one other novel. I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
HugeYakman 7 months ago
Author Tanya Thompson is one fascinating persona. ASSUMNG NAMES is her autobiography of a con artist originally published in 2014, and since that time she has enjoyed success in writing further strange and interesting books: SWEET FREAKS, NIGHT OF THE RAT, and RED RUSSIA – books that share her keen sense of humor along with the bizarre story lines she creates. Tanya’s writing style matches the content of this fascinating glance back over the escapades of a con artist. Early on she explains the inception of her criminally imaginative life – after a frightening night (and return to) a place called Wolf Meadows Tennessee, she writes, ‘I hadn’t gained much by going to Wolf Meadows. I’d not seen chain marks in the tress or heard any wolf children howling, but I learned that a lack of cars did not guarantee solitude. I also came away with a rather horrific-looking three-inch gash that started on my wrist and sliced down my forearm. It was an unfortunate addition to my image when I had plans to present myself in Dallas as cultured and sophisticated, like the women I had seen in a documentary on Neiman Marcus. It was the world’s ultimate luxury store where the clients sat on velvet couches while the fashions were paraded before them in private shows. I was certain none of those ladies would have been caught running through the backwoods, nor had they ever grappled themselves bloody on a chain link fence. They were too refined for such nonsense, and I coveted not only their manners but their fur coats and private jets…I merely desire something ambiguous, like countess,,,To assume the title and riches found in Neiman Marcus, I need only escape Tennessee, dress the part, and sound foreign…’ And so begins the infamous career of a successful name assuming/role playing con artist. Gaining fake identities is only one part of Tanya’s ‘career’ - she sweeps us through her life shedding boredom with her facility of capitalizing on her natural beauty, innate intelligence, and lack of fear, and shares her raucous adventures in fraud and identity theft, posing as created people who are able to perform criminal actions and step away unscathed. This is an autobiography of a sociopath, one who (as many references articles included assure) was able to fool the FBI, DEA, Interpol and other investigating teams while at the same time gaining fame in the news and other media. The feature that keeps the readers’ attention, in addition to her amazing stories as a sociopath, is the kernel of conscience she relates in sharing her concern for ‘victims’ of crime. Written with a sly wink of the eye and a hefty dose of humor, ASSUMING NAMES is a dandy escape from reality – if reality means life as we are enduring it at present. The idea for a limited television series raises its head…Read for the fun of it.
gabbiham02 More than 1 year ago
Assuming Names by Tanya Thompson is a on edge true story about a young con artist in her own world. I enjoyed the book and encourage others too as well because it inspires you to do whatever you want. In the novel, Tanya is captivated by money and collecting government identification such as a driver's license, birth certificates, and more. She is highly intelligent and can shockingly fool even the most brilliant people. It’s engulfing to read about her insane adventures in what is the real world. The way Tanya writes about what she says to police, government, or threatening men, straight up lying puts the reader on the edge of their seat, just waiting for the person she’s talking to to call her bluff. You can feel the intensity in her words daring them to so much as doubt her extravagant stories. My favorite quote in the book by Tanya is simply, “Turn the page. Let’s see what happens.”
MichaelBeas More than 1 year ago
Crime, Mystery and Intrigue all surround this astounding book that I simply could not put down for three nights on end. From start to finish you will be enthralled deep into the world of Author Tayna Thompson and her Book “Assuming Names: a con artist’s masquerade.” The crazy thing, this is based on a true story. I could not believe half of what I was reading. I mean a 15-year-old girl outsmarted everyone from the Mob, to the FBI, DEA, and Interpol as she poses as a countess.  In short this young girl outwits, out smarts what seems like have the world as you read her rollercoaster story that is filled with suspense and twists that is definitely not for the faint of heart. Truly a remarkable book that I felt is well written and thought provoking on a whole other level. The end took my breath away and left me wanting more from Author Tayna Thompson.  Highly Recommended and 5 Stars!!!