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The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw Hardcover – July 17, 2008

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In the early 1970s, Glazer, then a college freshman, was looking to score a little grass. Instead, he got ripped off, and to get revenge, he concocted an elaborate sting that would seem too movielike to be true if it hadn’t really happened. Posing as cops, he and a friend, the charismatic and gung-ho Don Woodbeck, set up a major buy and a fake arrest and then made off with the cash. So began their career as scam artists; eventually they became so successful (and profitable) that they were hired by the Kansas City attorney general’s office to go undercover and bring down some really bad dudes. This is a high-flying, adrenaline-filled story with the feel of the movie The Sting, although it should be noted that it doesn’t end quite so happily: Glazer and Woodbeck’s “one last con” backfired tragically. Fans of memoirs set in the world of cons and scams—the books of Frank W. Abagnale, for example—will completely enjoy this one. --David Pitt

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A great read. It's the life I would have lived if I didn't care about my reputation. -- Hearne Christopher, Columnist, Kansas City Star

The truth of this story is stunning. It reads like good fiction. Craig Glazer's life is insane, and this book proves it. -- Lewis Black, author of Nothing's Sacred
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; First Edition. First Printing. edition (July 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602392498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602392496
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By invisible lasso on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
From the first page Glazer sucks you into his real-life (crime) drama and you won't want to put the book down until the last word. He tells his story in a cinematic fashion so that you feel like you are right there with him, sweat dripping down your neck, as he takes down drug dealers, fools the FBI, impersonates the DEA and runs for his life over and over.

This book is truly amazing and I have been recommending it left and right. The idea that you can be whoever you want in this world is proven true by Glazer and luckily he lives to tell his incredible tale. The true feat is that with every high of a sting gone well, you can feel the ominous weight of what must be eventual consequences for this modern day cowboy. Read this and be captivated!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Famous Dave on August 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sal Manna, you are wonderful, thank you for making my first week in August memorable. That is assuming Mister Glazer told you the story and it was your writting of his story that has had me re read this fantastic tale. The King of Sting is now my favorite true story. I am in my early 50's and boy could I relate to these two modern day pirates/Glazer and Woodbeck. Man just reading this book gave me a rush....you guys got me high on your high. Stinging or rather robbing drug dealers posing as cops, cool, but then becoming a real undercover agent...at twenty...bet you pulled over a few hot chicks Glazer....The Hollywood part was second only to the final sting, ripping off hoods that turned out to be feds...priceless.....I was sad when Don died and I really liked Grandpa Benny...in an odd way I was entertained by Glazer's father, Stan...not a total villian...did I like the King of Sting...NO, I LOVED THE KING OF STING, please, please don't leave me hanging and write what happened these last fifteen or so years Mister Glazer and Mister Manna....You boys have a big fan in Dave....thank you for reminding me of why we read books, to learn, to enjoy and to dream...thank you both
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd Breck on July 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading this book and liked it considerably. Enjoyed all the photos and details that were given throughout the book. This was an exciting story!!! A+!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Phariss on October 8, 2008
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I first heard Craig promoting his book on the radio and I suppose it is a tribute to his gift of gab that I went to Amazon that day and bought it- especially considering this is something I never do. After reading the first couple of pages I was hooked. It usually takes me a month to finish a book due to time constraints. This one took less than a week and I never wanted to put it down. His in your face, first person style will hook you from the get go and take you on a ride you won't forget. Even if you don't usually read much but like action novels, this one will not disappoint. How this guy is still alive I don't know.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will S. on November 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book in part because I recognized Glazer from my hometown of KC. That said, the life he has lead is beyond anything I could dream up. You simply cannot make these tails up, and unfortunately, he has the tragedies to show they are real. This is a great tale, from con to lawman to everything in between, the line between right and wrong blurs quickly. It's hard to believe that this hasn't become film yet because it is compelling stuff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M J on October 24, 2008
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Raw and gutsy; I would not recommend living this lifestyle (LOL), but one could see how the events and associates in Glazer's life somehow got him to that point. A real adventure of a true "adrenaline junkie" - the pages fly by quickly. Makes one wonder after all the people who were "crossed" why one would want to make it all public (refer back to the words "adrenaline junkie").

Cheers All !!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Brockman on September 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was driving across town when I heard this guy on the radio who turned out to be Craig Glazer, telling some of the craziest stories I have ever heard. And then I realized the stories were about his life. At first I thought it was a new movie coming out then I thought he was a celebrity speaker like Sam Elliott but nope.....it turned out he was a guy not much different than me. I haven't bought a book since my wife made me buy her a weight loss book called "Atkins Diet" ....it didn't work.
Times are tough so I went on Amazon to save a little money and buy the The King of Sting. I was hoping it would live up Mr. Glazer's storytelling on the radio. I had high hopes...it was even better. I am not a fast reader and I drive for a living but I finished that thing in 4 days. My only regret is that it wasn't longer. Boy, did it bring back memories of my younger days. Now mind you I never did what Glazer and Woodbeck did but I wanted to live the life of an outlaw like those guys. Kinda a good guy-bad guy. I was impressed with the fact that Glazer really did study up on how to be an outlaw in high school. It sure paid off for him...at least he lived to tell his tale. I think the best part was how far he went to impersonate law enforcement. That was clever. I took it kinda hard that Woodbeck got himself killed. I really wished he would have lived. It would be so entertaining to hear Glazer and Woodbeck tell their stories together on radio or television today.
Mr. Glazer, I hope you read this and there is more coming after The King of Sting. My wife and son are fighting over this book right now over who gets to read it next. The King of Sting is now my favorite book....before you guys it was Northwest Passage.
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