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The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter
 
 
Author
Jason Kersten.
Publisher Gotham Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9781592405572
Pages/Publication Date 292/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30038
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"The Art of Making Money, by Jason Kersten, tells the story of Art Williams, a maverick counterfeiter from Chicago.... The heart of this wonderful book, which reads like the script for a caper movie, takes us through the whole painstaking process—false starts, dead ends and cliffhanger setbacks—as Williams improvises his way to becoming an expert counterfeiter. Like any good caper movie, the story is crowded with colorful characters, straight from the pages of Elmore Leonard. Williams's clients include a Chinese gangster called the Horse; a party-throwing Russian hoodlum from St. Petersburg; and a Mexican mafioso. His accomplices included his girlfriend, Natalie, one of four nubile sisters whom he bedded at various points; an ex-boxer and shakedown man with attention deficit disorder; a trash-talking cab driver; and a six-foot-tall, 280-pound Lithuanian wrestler who acted as his bodyguard. Williams may have developed the technical skills to become a master at his craft, but he lacked the discipline to make his art into a business. He just could not restrain himself from breaking the cardinal rule of his profession: Do not pass your own fake notes.... This is a fun book, fast-paced and full of vim, a screenplay in the making. But life is a lot messier than the movies, and, to his credit, Kersten does not flinch from reality. In fact, his unsentimental refusal to gloss over the unsavory and depressing details of Williams's life, the private demons that haunt him and his whole dysfunctional family, gives this book its true authenticity of character."—Washington Post
 
 
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