A WildBlue Press True Crime Classic
A mind-boggling blend of fraud, deception, trickery, lies, and fine prime rib, MAN OVERBOARD was nominated Best True Crime Book of the Year by the World Mystery Convention—and universally praised as the most laugh-filled book in the genre's history.
1982: Oregon businessman Phil Champagne died in a tragic boating accident off Lopez Island, Washington. He was survived by one ex-wife, four adult children, an octogenarian mother, and two despondent brothers. Phil didn't know he was dead until he read it in the newspaper. All things considered, it took it rather well.
1992: Washington State restaurateur, Harold Stegeman, famous for his thick juicy steaks, is arrested by the United States Secret Service for printing counterfeit hundred dollar bills in a tiny Idaho shed. In addition to the bogus bills, Stegeman has a fraudulently obtained United States passport, a fabricated Cayman Islands driver's license, and Phil Champagne's fingerprints.
Praise for MAN OVERBOARD
Phil Champagne is the last of the great gentleman crooks. I really liked the guy." —Special Agent Lyle Workman, US Secret Service (ret.)
Crisp as a freshly printed C-note. Exceptionally clever and vastly entertaining!” —Lee Goldberg, author, screenwriter and television producer.
Barer does it again! A deft and dazzling display of solid research and rapier wit—a must for all true crime aficionados.” —Gary C. King, author of To Die For.
True crime at its best. … Barer has undeniable talent, pizzaz and imagination!” —Jack Olsen, bestselling author and award-winning journalist.
“Burl Barer is one of my favorites!” —Lis Wiehl, Fox News.
From the Author
The 20th Anniversary Special Edition retains all the charm of the original while eliminating most of the typos. It features BONUS FEATURES not found in the first edition, including actual transcripts of the interrogation of Phil Champagne by federal agents, new photographs of Phil Champagne surrounded by Vegas showgirls, and the long-awaited reunion of Phil and the brothers who mourned his death while collecting over a half million dollars in insurance money. Hmmmmm. Oh, and there is a new author's introduction and a special afterword written by Phil Champagne, who is still as charming as ever.