A Deal with the Devil by Blake Ellis audiobook

A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History

By Blake Ellis  and Melanie Hicken
Read by Donna Postel

Tantor Audio 9781501163845

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665222037

  • ISBN: 9781665222020

  • ISBN: 9781665222044

Runtime: 7.90 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

While investigating financial crimes for CNN Money, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken were intrigued by reports that elderly Americans were giving away thousands of dollars to mail-in schemes. With a little digging, they soon discovered a shocking true story.

Victims received personalized letters from a woman who, claiming amazing psychic powers, convinced them to send money in return for riches, good health, and good fortune. The predatory scam has continued unabated for decades, raking in more than $200 million in the United States and Canada alone—with investigators from all over the world unable to stop it. And at the center of it all—an elusive French psychic named Maria Duval.

Based on the five-part series that originally appeared on CNN's website in 2016 and was seen by more than three million people, A Deal with the Devil picks up where the series left off as Ellis and Hicken reveal more bizarre characters, follow new leads, close in on Maria Duval, and connect the dots in an edge-of-your-seat journey across the U.S. to England and France. A Deal with the Devil is a fascinating, thrilling search for the truth and is long-form investigative journalism at its best.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A personal how-to guide for investigative journalists, a twisted tale of a scam of huge proportions, and a really good read. You won’t want to put it down.” Bethany McLean, Vanity Fair contributor and author of The Smartest Guys in the Room
“This page-turner is the product of a remarkable, in depth pursuit of a fraud perpetrated on the weakest among us…A cautionary tale that reads like a novel.” Ali Velshi, NBC business correspondent and anchor
“What [Ellis and Hicken] have wrought would have made a gripping novel. The fact that every word is true is what makes this book downright shocking.” Adam L. Penenberg, professor of journalism at NYU and author of Viral Loop
A Deal with the Devil is one of those can’t-believe-it, can’t-put-down books.” Megan Abbott, Edgar-winning author of Give Me Your Hand

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Blake Ellis

Author Bio: Blake Ellis

Titles by Author

Author Bio: Melanie Hicken

Author Bio: Melanie Hicken

Melanie Hicken is an award-winning investigative journalist with CNN. Her work with fellow journalist Blake Ellis have uncovered everything from nursing home abuse to widespread consumer fraud.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 7.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English