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Author: Elizabeth Greenwood Narrator: Arden Hammersmith, Elizabeth Greenwood Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781508217770
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Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out.

So she sets off on a foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear—but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin…only to find it filled with rocks.

Greenwood tracks down a man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbors thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (yes, he’s alive—or so some would have her believe), talks to people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not succeed in obtaining some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees you’ll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a great way to go.)

Playing Dead is an utterly fascinating and charmingly bizarre investigation into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to lose their identities—and their families—to begin again. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delightful read, and for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace it might even provide some useful tips.”

    Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake

  • Ms. Greenwood takes us on a romp through the world of the living dead not zombies, but real folk who decide the best way to go on with life is to fake death. It’s a delightful read, and for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace it might even provide some useful tips — though Greenwood is careful to caution that “pseudocide” is rarely painless."
    — Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake
  • A curious quest to find out just how feasible it is to disappear in the information age. Greenwood takes readers on a strange journey as she navigates the mysteries of disappearance… An entertaining investigation."
    Publishers Weekly
  • Entertaining and enlightening."
    — Booklist
     
  • Lighthearted... interweaving personal experiences and insights. Earnestly researched."
    — Kirkus Reviews
     
  • If your life totally sucks then simply end it and start a new one. Elizabeth Greenwood’s creepy and hilarious foray into death fakery shows you how.”
    — Simon Doonan, author of The Asylum

     
  • Faking your own death is, in many ways, the greatest con of all  and Elizabeth Greenwood pulls it off with flair in this beguiling foray into the wacky yet somehow ever-fascinating realm of death fraud."
    — Maria Konnikova, New York Times bestselling author of The Confidence Game
  • Quirky, engaging, and surprisingly uplifting... Elizabeth Greenwood has written a book about death, faked and real, that teaches us much about life."
    — Eric Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Genius
  • Playing Dead marks the debut of a very talented author. Both the book and the writer are cause for celebration."
    — Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author of Manson
  • Exuberant and ironic, witty and compassionate, various and keenly-focused, Playing Dead is eccentric investigative journalism. A terrific subject, where the deadly (excuse the pun) serious and absurdly comic meet and mesh."
    — Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland
  • Elizabeth Greenwood is as entertaining and gifted an archeologist of subcultures as she is an able explorer of issues like anonymity, the right to privacy, and how much control people can ever exert over their identities. An energetic and insatiable writer, her generous mind infuses every page of this astonishing book."
    — Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock

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About the Author

Elizabeth Greenwood teaches creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She is the author of Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud and Becoming a Yoga Instructor.

About the Narrator

Arden Hammersmith is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.