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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal.. You’d have thought the ultimate con would be a relic of a pre-information-age, but no. This one featuring Gerhartsreiter's fakery is a topper. It’s the faux Rothko more than the Brahmin cred that captivates me, but to each his own.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Mr. Seal, who interviewed almost 200 people for this book, fashions a brisk narrative that has all the pace and drive of a suspense novel."

The New York Times

"Rich people don't Google: That's one of the curious things to be gleaned from Mark Seal's frivolous but highly diverting true-crime saga, “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit.” It tells the story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, the son of a house painter from a small town in Bavaria, who spent 30 years living under a series of false identities in the United States."


Author bio: A journalist for 30 years, Mark Seal has written for a wide range of publications, including Esquire, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, Golf Digest, Texas Monthly, InStyle, Town & Country, Time, and The New York Times. Seal became a contributing editor at Vanity Fair in 2003. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; (323 pp. Confabulous: Audiobook/Print editions)

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