‘ “Hopscotching” from place to place – as grifters like Edgar termed this… was a tactic rendered effective by the absence of national newspapers, by the lack of a countrywide radio…’ Paul Willetts discusses with Sue Cook his spellbinding tale of the King of Jazz Age con artist Edgar Laplante – a real life cross between Tom Ripley and Jay Gatsby – and how in the end a report in the Daily Mail was his downfall.
‘this Jazz Age impostor’s life makes for quite the story, and … Paul Willetts knows just how to tell it.’ The Washington Post
‘A story so bizarre – and so compulsively told – that my jaw remained anchored to the floor throughout.’ John Preston (author of A Very English Scandal’)
Paul Willetts has written for the Guardian, TLS and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His other non-fiction titles are Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia, North Soho 999 and Members Only, which was turned into The Look of Love a big budget film starring Steve Coogan. King Con is his US debut.
Sue Cook is one of the UK’s most experienced broadcasters. Her BBC TV shows include Crimewatch UK, the Children in Need Appeal and Holiday; and to radio listeners she’s been a familiar voice since the 70s on many series and individual programmes, including You and Yours and, more recently, Making History for Radio 4. Sue is now a successful novelist and is currently working on adapting her first novel, On Dangerous Ground for a film of the same title.
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