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How was an incredible $325,000,000 theft achieved using The Peace Bridge as a fulcrum?
It was a piece of national history. The story had to be told.
One of the largest and most audacious gasoline tax evasion scams in Canadian and U.S. history.
The perpetrator used The Peace Bridge, spanning The Niagara River, to facilitate his crime, and his private Cessna to transport the enormous fruits of the theft to the "safety"of a Cayman Island bank.
The scam netted an amount "that makes The New York State Lottery look like a Sunday school collection."
Cynical and remorselessly ruthless, the thief possesses a brilliant criminal mind, has enormous contempt for the law, police, governments, and the system in which they function. He assumes rules are for fools, and takes sadistic pleasure in breaking them.
The mechanics of the scam ( i.e. how such a gigantic theft was achieved)
The extent to which the lives of two star-crossed lovers were disrupted by this criminal
The character of the criminal, an unscrupulous individual with an absolute contempt for rules, the law, authority, and propriety
Why and how the story ended in Caracas, Venezuela
What happened to the fruits of his crime, and why
How much of the story is fiction, and how much is fact.
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By skinmaan on 06-13-15
Two stories in one book
The most striking thing about this book was how it was really two stories in one. The first half of the book focuses mostly on a short history of the oil business in North America from the '60s to the early '80s told using a fictional backdrop of two characters: one trying to get ahead in business the right way, and the other ruthlessly executing (or co-opting) whatever get-rich-quick method he could find. The other half of the book is a really great love story, with the first man trying to reclaim his lost love and the other jealously trying to keep what is his or punish the lovers who wrong him. When mixed together it makes for a most entertaining read. I would highly recommend giving this a try, particularly if the historical part interests you.
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