Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade
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Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade


When it was over, there were a lot of questions.

The detectives were embarrassed but they still wanted answered, "How did a 15-year-old runaway successfully pose as a world traveled countess?"

The newspapers turned it back on them, practically sneering, "How did she do it while under investigation by the FBI, DEA, and Interpol?"

The Mafia had been demanding the same thing for six months, "What is your real name?"

And the psychologists asked the question they always ask, "Why?"

It’s the why of it that will keep a girl in trouble.

Assuming Names is the true story of a young con artist. It’s the tale of a runaway that assumed the title of Countess and then went on to fool the FBI, DEA, and Interpol—as well as a number of other celebrities and institutions—with an elaborate tale of world intrigue.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Hello everyone. This is Tanya. You may find yourself reading my book and saying, “No, this did not happen.” You may be inclined to say it is too far-fetched and, quite frankly, impossible. I have provided evidence at my website that what I write is the truth. I mention it at the front of the book but it may be easy to overlook, so I am reiterating here.

At my website are copies of the newspaper and magazine articles mentioned in the book. The articles are from the Austin American Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, and Woman’s World Magazine. They are all nationally recognized media for news. Previous reviewers were concerned I may have gone to Photoshop to create them, and while my book does paint me as the sort that would do such a thing, the reality is that those media institutions would sue me into submission before the cache could be cleared.

In the end, you may not believe me, but you can surely believe what the papers wrote.

Title:Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:280 pages

    Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade Reviews

  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
    Mar 17, 2014

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it numerous times during the editing process and enjoyed it more and more each time I read it.As is often said, the truth is stranger than fiction....

  • Victor
    Jul 06, 2014

    Edit: Story is easily verified through the Dallas Morning News archives. Search for title: Teen-ager untangles her web of deceit. Date: May 1, 1986I normally don’t get involved in these discussions ...

  • Niyati Em
    Aug 21, 2014

    I've been thinking about what I can say about this book. It did underline the old adage that 'An Empty Mind is a Devil's Workshop'The book starts off on a very interesting note. When I got down to rea...

  • Jenny Blossom
    Aug 06, 2014

    This seems the place to share Postal prints. My favourite photographer hangs in the White Gallery. He’s got a way of capturing the essence of things and what he’s captured here is Tanya’s most m...

  • Lindsay710
    Jul 29, 2014

    Mind blown.This book is crazy.At first I wasn't sure if the author was "the Countess" or maybe she was writing on behalf of the real woman. But by the end, I was sure that the author is "Tanya" or wha...

  • Sandra
    Dec 29, 2014

    Oh My Word! What a ride. I have never laughed so much in what feels like forever. I was not one of the many people that questioned the truth of this story. I understand how they would but I felt stran...

  • Michael DeAngelo
    Aug 08, 2014

    These days, the antihero has become somewhat of a fan favorite in terms of a reader's choice of protagonist. Thompson excels at writing a character with shades of grey, rather than strict blacks and w...

  • Philip Tha- B. Toole
    Aug 07, 2014

    What an amazing story-- I'm floored by the sheer audacity. My first, second, third.... twentieth thought was, 'this can't be real?' But, is it? After having gone through it, I don't even know! :D)Who ...

  • AnnMarie Stone
    Aug 14, 2014

    Assuming Names by Tanya ThompsonLet us start off by saying that I love this book. It was overall very well written and extremely entertaining. I basically read it in two sittings. Love it. In the fore...

  • Amanda Mcmillen
    Aug 11, 2014

    This was a hard book for me to rate. It was wildly amusing and entertaining. Often I would shake my head and wonder what was she thinking, then I would remember the author's excuse, fifteen. I remembe...