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  • Brand: Crown
  • UPC: 9781101907429
  • Item #: 1940773X
  • Available Date: 10/10/2017
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CHASING PHIL

Summary

A thrilling true crime caper bursting with colorful characters and awash in ’70s glamour, based on the FBI’s first white-collar undercover sting

1977, the Thunderbird Motel. Jim Wedick and Jack Brennan—two fresh-faced, maverick FBI agents—were about to embark on their agency’s first wire-wearing undercover mission. Their target? Charismatic, globe-trotting con man Phil Kitzer, whom some called the world’s greatest swindler. From the Thunderbird, the three men took off to Cleveland, to Miami, to Hawaii, to London—meeting other members of Kitzer’s crime syndicate, known as The Fraternity, at each stop and witnessing the cons he pulled and shady connections he made. But as the young agents became further entangled in Phil’s outrageous schemes over the next year, they also grew to respect him—even care for him. Meanwhile, Phil began to think of Wedick and Brennan like sons, schooling them in everything from writing bad checks to picking up women.

Phil Kitzer was at the center of dozens of multimillion dollar scams, but the FBI was reluctant to turn its attention away from the anti-communist initiatives left over from Hoover’s tenure. Wedick and Brennan disobeyed direct orders again and again on their yearlong adventure with Phil, which ultimately led to a complex triumph that took down The Fraternity. The case resulted in dozens of arrests and forever changed the FBI, ushering in an era of undercover work and a focus on organized and white-collar crime that continues to this day.

The bond formed among the unlikely trio proved so durable that it not only survived Kitzer’s arrest, it led to a bureau-backed partnership. Their extraordinary relationships form the emotional center of this jet-setting sting. Anchored by larger-than-life characters, framed by exotic locales and an irresistable era, Chasing Phil is high drama and propulsive reading, delivered by an effortless storyteller.

About the Author

DAVE HOWARD has written for the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, Travel & Leisure and National Geographic, among other outlets. He is the author of Lost Rights and is currently the executive editor of Organic Life.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown
  • True Crime / White Collar Crime