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Episode 201: Fall of Frauds, Jorge Luis Borges (“Tom Castro, the Implausible Imposter)

This week we’re back with another fraud-themed story, this one from an upstart indie author named Jorge Luis Borges. Probably you haven’t heard about him. He’s pretty obscure. Anyway, early in his career he wrote this whole collection of stories based on real-life criminals. The story we read, “Tom Castro, the Implausible Imposter,” was published (in English) in Harper’s, so you can find it that way, if you have access to their digital archives. Otherwise you can just take our word for it that it’s a perfectly fine story.

Here’s a picture of the author with a cat.

Also this week, we talk about various Halloween-themed hoaxes, including razors in candy, and a BBC television production about a haunted house that apparently caused PTSD symptoms in a number of viewers, and was even partly responsible for a death.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download the mp3 file. You can also find us in the iTunes store, or in just about any app you might use to listen to podcasts.

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Episode 200: Fall of Frauds, Martin Suter, The Last Weynfeldt

This week we’re back with another fraud-themed novel, this one from best-selling Swiss author Martin Suter. His fourteenth novel, The Last Weynfeldt, is about art forgery, femme fatales, and what it’s like to be wildly rich (spoiler alert: it’s mostly pretty good, though sometimes it’s kind of sad).

Also this week, we talk about the ins and outs of art forgery, including the case of Wolfgang Beltracchi, considered to be one of the most prolific art forgers of all time. You can read more about Beltracchi in this fascinating piece from Vanity Fair.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download the mp3 file. You can also find us in the iTunes store, or in just about any app you might use to listen to podcasts.

If you like the show, you can subscribe to our Patreon, which helps offset our costs and allows us to keep doing the podcast each week. In exchange for $5, you’ll also get access to a monthly bonus episode, Book Fight After Dark, in which we discuss the wide world of romance novels.

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