"Not only does she artfully relate Norfleet's revenge, but [Reading] also places it in the context of scammers dead and living. This is not a history of Ponzi schemes, and it does not reach the heights (or should I say depths) of Bernie Madoff's operation. It is, however, an engaging book for anybody who wants to better understand misconduct in the realm of finance--and the consequences of such misconduct for everybody involved."
--Steve Weinberg, "USA Today
""In these pages are brilliant portraits of Florida before retirement groves, of wild-west Denver before the tech boom, and of Texas before the Bush family decamped there from Greenwich, Connecticut. The country was younger then, though not more innocent. . . . A ripping good read."
--David M. Shribman, "The Boston Globe
"In the era of Bernie Madoff, Nigerian spam scams, and other sordid rackets, it's heartening to remember that swindling once took a touch more finesse. . . . "The Mark Inside" is an astounding tale, brought to vivid life by an historian who has had to become an expert at distinguishing fact from romantic fiction."
--Jim Kelly, "Businessweek"
"Reading doesn't swindle her readers. . . . She delivers the goods, with enough scholarly information on America's con men to keep intellectually minded readers from feeling guilty about reading such a whopping good tale."
--Doug Childers, "Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"Amy Reading brings to life one actual con in a book as riveting as a movie. . . . An amazing piece of historical research that will ensnare the reader."
--Arthur T. Vanderbilt, "Newark Star-Ledger
"Engrossing. . . . [Reading] gets to the center of both Norfleet's story and the mass appeal of the con artist as a figure in American culture."
--Ian Crouch, "The Paris Review""Daily"
"Vibrant characterizations. . . . This narrative of vigilante justice flows like fiction, as con artistry is illuminated throughout, with resonance in tshow more