By Andreas Schroeder
Given that 1998, Andreas Schroeder has been a standard contributor to CBC-Radio’s “Basic Black,” enjoyable listeners with outrageous – and regularly very humorous – stories of bold scams and rip-offs. In Scams, Scandals, and Skulduggery he has accumulated seventeen of the tales that got the best listener reaction after they have been broadcast – what he calls a type of “Best of simple Black Scams, quantity 1.”
Running Away with Mona: How a canny forger and his companion pre-sold six copies of the Mona Lisa to filthy rich and secretive creditors – after which prepared the robbery of the unique to hide their tracks.
For Export Only: How an enterprising livestock breeder “exported” ten cows from Southern to Northern eire 1000 times.
The Flea That Roared: How the Grand Principality of Outer Baldonia (off the coast of Nova Scotia) declared struggle at the U.S.S.R.
The nice Purolator Paper Caper: How a “gang that couldn’t shoot immediately” however controlled to drag off the biggest unmarried heist of money in American history.
These stories, and so on, instructed in Andreas Schroeder’s mischievously deadpan and subversively gleeful type, are bound to pride his many lovers and make lovers of recent readers.
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