A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History

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Anyone with a mailbox or an email account is familiar with scams. They come in various forms, but many of them promise wealth and happiness for a price. And these scams, which so often target the elderly, the afflicted, and the far too generous, can turn profits in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

A Deal with the Devil> gets to the heart of one of the most lucrative and destructive scams in history—the Maria Duval letters—as two intrepid reporters uncover a labyrinthine machine that spans continents. Shell companies, shadowy lawyers, offices that don’t exist. This con has everything you’d expect and more.

It’s a fascinating, appalling journey through a cold and calculating plot to steal money from the vulnerable, kindhearted, and gullible, and the most intriguing facet of the whole thing is how easily those involved can explain away their actions. It’s arguably darker than the con itself.

Ellis and Hicken reveal the puzzle piece by piece—as they themselves uncovered it—and it makes for an engaging, quick-paced read loaded with twists, turns, conspiracies, and secrets galore.


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Author Blake Ellis • Melanie Hicken
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Atria Books
Publish Date 2018-Aug-07
ISBN 9781501163845
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Issue January 2019
Category Reference
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