Recounts the tale of the brilliantly cunning imposter who carved a path of financial and emotional destruction across the world. Gifted with a diabolical flair for impersonation, manipulation, and deception, the Con Queen used their skill with accents and deft psychological insight to sweep through the entertainment industry. Johnson traces the origins of this mastermind and follows the years-long investigation of a singularly determined private detective who helped deliver them to the FBI.
Johnson’s book is a shape-shifter ... Despite the thematic depths it mines, it is a rocket of a book that can and should be consumed in a headlong dash for maximum effect ... Johnson may slip here and there as he slides down his chosen rabbit holes, but his gambits are more than worth the reader’s while ... One hell of a yarn.
Fascinating ... There is some unfortunate overreach in The Con Queen, particularly Mr. Johnson’s weak attempt to link the Indonesian con with his own family history of secrets and lies. Mr. Johnson certainly doesn’t need to add any emotional ballast to what is already a gripping story, and the snippets of memoir he includes feel out of place here.