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Publisher's Summary

In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her 23-year-old son, Kenny. But the most chilling story of all was never told - until now.
Kent Walker, Sante's elder son, reveals how he survived 40 years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away. As a child Kent watched his mother destroy his hardworking father, Ed Walker, and then - with Kent's painful collusion - snare what Sante called "my millionaire". When she married seemingly respectable real-estate developer Ken Kimes, it was a match made in hell. For the next two decades, Kent's mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behavior, laying waste to each other and anyone who got in the way. When Kent's half brother, Kenny, was born, Kent was 12 years old - old enough to know that he was his younger sibling's only protector.
©2001 Kent Walker with Mark Schone (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Well researched and touching.... As a chronicle of Sante Kimes's life, it's unlikely to be surpassed by any other." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 08-16-17

Very Good Story Telling

If you could sum up Son of a Grifter in three words, what would they be?

Ups and Downs

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

That the step father Ken Kimes was so underestimated in his role and influence.

What does John Glouchevitch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great narration, just fabulous.

If you could give Son of a Grifter a new subtitle, what would it be?

Criminal Minds.

Any additional comments?

Myself, and I'm sure many readers, have crossed paths or have been situated with sociopathic and narcissistic personalities. Sometimes people are afflicted with both in addition to having a sadistic personality disorder. I have had to deal with family members that have all three. I understand the constant distress these people bring to the table. The damage they can do. The silent ones and the loud ones. It is a lot to work through when the damage is done. The recounting of these stories was very well laid out to bring the insanity to the table so the reader can understand. Kent Walker had a lot of innate personal integrity rise above the conditions he found himself in.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By jaye on 07-03-17

CON PEOPLE AT THEIR WORST!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES. IT IS SUCH A PREPOSTEROUS STORY. YET IT IS TRUE. SANTE KIMES WAS A FLAWED PERSON. SHE LEFT CHAOS EVERYWHERE SHE WENT. SHE HAD NO IDEA OF WHAT HAVING MORALS WAS EVEN ABOUT. IT MOVES FROM ONE INCIDENT TO THE NEXT. KEEPS YOU INTERESTED.

What other book might you compare Son of a Grifter to and why?

SERPENTINE BY THOMAS THOMPSON.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

WHEN SANTE GOT HER JUST DESERT.

Any additional comments?

I HAD BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BOOK. I READ IT PHYSICALLY A LONG TIME AGO. I CAN'T READ ANYMORE AND I WAS HAPPY WHEN IT WAS AVAILABLE AUDIBLY

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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