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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Nish Publishing Company (June 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098579450X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985794507
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best books teach us something new about something we thought we knew, and do it in a way that captivates us so thoroughly we don't even realize we're learning something. These books change our worldview, usually in subtle ways, short-circuiting our preconceptions and forcing us to think rather than simply react. So it is with the book you're about to read."--author Lee Gruenfeld, from the foreword.

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Hello,
I am a technical writer, biographer and designer and hold an MBA from George Fox University and live near Portland, Oregon with my family.

Regarding my first book 'Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI's Most Elusive Criminals, the writing of Les's story officially started for me in 2000. Les is my uncle and he would send the family short stories from time to time since he was sent to prison in 1996. These short stories were fantastic. They were funny, adventurous, exciting and best of all true. None of these stories are reconstructed, and most of the banks have been qualified by countless court documents, testimonials, newspaper articles and media television shows. Prior to 2000 Les sent these stories to my mother. I grew up hearing these incredible stories, so I wanted to document these letters, put them in writing and make them available for future generations. I knew that there was a book here from the beginning, only later did I realize that I should share it with the world.

Regarding my second book 'Heist and High', Anthony Curcio was handed my first book while in prison with George Jung, and Anthony wrote me his story and the rest is now history. Anthony's story is incredible, crazy, sad, loving and uplifting, and he proves you can literally hit bottom and come all the way back to life.

Hope you enjoy...
Dane

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I read the book in a single day.
Dennis Littrell
The writing, as in the first book, is exciting and keeps the reader on the edge of their seats.
Patricia Faulhaber
I wish this young man the best in getting his life back together!
Jeannie Batty

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Faulhaber on October 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is the story of a young man with a life filled with opportunity. Instead of taking advantage of what was in front of him, he chooses the path of drug and alcohol addiction. Anthony, the main character of the true story, is also the co-author of the book. He includes many sections detailing his life of addiction and crime in his own voice. His wife also includes her thoughts about what was happening to her husband and her family. She admits to living in denial during much of their early years of marriage.

There are many lessons to be learned from Anthony's story including the power and powerlessness of family support. Anthony's family tries to help only to have him lie to them again and again. Getting him into rehab only serves him for short period of times before he relapses. In the end, while sitting in a Federal prison for robbing an armored truck, his family support is what keeps him hoping for better.

There are surprising twists and turns in the book. Just when you think Anthony is ready to make a change for the positive, he does something unexpected and continues his life of crime.This is co-author Dane Batty's second book. The writing, as in the first book, is exciting and keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. The five star rating goes to the writing.

The writing is so good that I found myself forgetting that the book is a true story of drugs, alcohol, crime and a dysfunctional family unit. Hopefully the readers will remember there are real people behind all the words.
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I was very pleasantly surprised at just how good this tale of addiction, crime, punishment, and (possible) rehabilitation turned out to be. I had read co-author Dane Batty's previous venture into the true crime genre ("Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber" 2010) and it was good. This one is even better.

Author Anthony Curcio himself is the subject so this is as much a memoir as it is a true crime saga. Curcio is that kind of attractive and athletic golden boy who is good at just about everything he puts his mind to, the kind of guy who from childhood gets away with way too much just because people tend to like him and forgive his transgressions. Unfortunately he has one fatal flaw, addiction. He managed to addict himself to pain pills, alcohol, cocaine, and adrenaline rushes while ingesting a wide variety of other pharmaceuticals. At one point he was spending $350 a day on drugs or over $127,000 a year.

His personality is manic-depressive. When he's flying he can do anything; when he's down he is suicidal. And of course the drugs only made things massively worse.

The central event in the book is the Brinks armored car robbery that took place in Monroe, Washington in 2008. Curcio got away with something like $400,000. It was a painstaking-planned heist with several original touches that caught the media's attention.

Curcio put an ad in Craig's list and got over a dozen guys to dress as he would be dressed in blue landscaper's outfits. They were instructed to show up in the parking lot near the bank just before the Brinks truck would arrive thereby providing cover for Curcio's get away--which, by the way was via a nearby stream on an inner tube. You may have seen a reenactment of this crime in a recently broadcasted segment on TV's 20/20.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne L. Jones on May 31, 2014
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I was unable to find this book at my county library so was very happy to find this source. I am reading it at this time--very good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By undergradwoman on July 24, 2013
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After watching 20/20, I decided to buy the paperback version. I'm glad I did, cause Anthony is an excellent author!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Batty on July 18, 2013
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I wish this young man the best in getting his life back together! It is a very well written book by Dane Batty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline C. Simonds on June 24, 2013
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Anthony Curcio pulled off a nearly perfect bank (truck) robbery. But that's only a part of the story.

Anthony had everything: athletic ability, a great upbringing, a high school sweetheart, two beautiful little girls... but prescription pain killers meant more to him than any of it. Vicodin and Crack took over his life, leading him to more and more illegal activities to support his $15,000 a month habit. One of his semi-legal activities was flipping houses. But then the market crashed.

That's when he conceived of robbing the bank truck. Ostensibly to "save his family," but really, it was all about supporting his drug habit and penchant for high-end consumer goods.

When he was caught, he still didn't understand how addicted he was. Only after years in prison did he come to realize what addiction had done to his life and what was really a priority.

Yes, you'll probably read this book for the True Crime aspect. But you should pay attention to the life that led to this terrible, stupid decision. Addiction destroys life, and this book shows how that process happens.
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