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At the dawn of the 1920s, brilliant and wildly charming con man Leo Koretz kept a Ponzi scheme alive perhaps for longer than anyone in history. A rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, deceit, and illicit sex. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Jobb tells the story of Leo Koretz…with terrific energy and narrative brio. A thoroughly enjoyable read.”

    Gary Krist, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Intoxicating and impressively researched.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Comprehensively researched and enthralling…High-stakes hijinks give the story a rollicking feel, but Jobb manages great poignancy, too.”

    Washington Post

  • “What makes this book so interesting is the excellent pacing and fine detail laced throughout, the joy of reading about a man who could have taught Bernie Madoff a thing or two, and the sheer chutzpah (and, yes, skill) of Leo Koretz, who for a time lived like Gatsby and who managed to separate millions of dollars from people who probably should have known better.”


  • “A masterpiece of narrative set-up and vivid language.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This lively, entertaining, and depressingly relevant history of a man and his con reads like a novel and will be enjoyed by fans of popular history as well as true crime.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Narrator Peter Berkrot adopts a tone reminiscent of of Mickey Spillane in delivering this examination of a master swindler from Chicago in the early 1920s. The narration, combined with the author’s somewhat breezy style, makes for an enjoyable account of a con game so brazen that it wouldn’t be matched until Bernie Madoff’s scheme came along…Berkrot adopts a conversational style and eschews theatrics in his narration, preferring to let the story itself capture the listener. But he does add a tone of incredulity as details of the case emerge. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2015
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • a 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Business & Investing
  • A 2015 Library Journal Best Audiobook
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