Of Grifters and Offspring

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I love stories of con artists. I always have. When this book came out I read it and I still think of it often. The tale of the mother/son team of con artists Sante and Kenny Kimes is riveting. Like anything that is at once horrible and fascinating, it’s hard to turn away from this story. My wife and I took turns reading this book out loud to each other and it was fantastic. Equal parts disturbing and engaging, Son of a Grifter is worth reading not only for the psychological study of the people involved, but for the gripping and shocking story that unfolds.

Cover of Son of a Grifter, mug shots of Kenny and Sante Kimes

Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America
By Kent Walker
DB 53341
The elder son of Sante Kimes, a con artist and murderess, recalls growing up in a criminal household with a sociopath mother. Sante and the author’s half-brother, Kenny, were arrested for the murder of wealthy Irene Silverman. Strong language. 2001.