Frank W. Abagnale,
alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of
the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In
his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and
copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital,
practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology
professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was
twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty
states as "The Skywayman," Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the
lam--until the law caught up with him. Now recognized as the nation's
leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose
hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades, and ingenious
escapes-including one from an airplane--make Catch Me If You Can an
irresistible tale of deceit.
The uproarious, bestselling true story of the world's most sought-after con man.
"I stole every nickel and blew it on fine threads, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes, and other sensual goodies. I partied in every capital in Europe and basked on all the world's most famous beaches."
A MAN'S ALTER EGO is nothing more than his favorite image of himself. The mirror
in my room in the Windsor Hotel in Paris reflected my favorite image of me--a
darkly handsome young airline pilot, smooth-skinned, bull-shouldered and
immaculately groomed. Modesty is not one of my virtues. At the time, virtue was
not one of my virtues.
Satisfied with my appearance, I picked up my bag, left the room and two minutes later was standing in front of the cashier's cage.
"Good morning, Captain," said the cashier in warm tones. The markings on my uniform identified me as a first officer, a co-pilot, but the French are like that. They tend to overestimate everything save their women, wine and art.
I signed the hotel bill she slid across the counter, started to turn away, then wheeled back, taking a payroll check from the inside pocket of my jacket. "Oh, can you cash this for me? Your Paris night life nearly wiped me out and it'll be ...
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