The Salad Oil King
Mathew Crisci, author
A epic yet intimate American crime tale of Greed-Gone-Mad. Inspired by real events that took place in the 1940-60's. An unpretentious, diminutive Manhattan-born high school drop-out named Alfonso (Fonso) Gravenese morphs into one of the great scam artists in American financial history. Watch Fonso graduate from a modest childhood scam into an executive who initially steals hundreds of millions of dollars from Federal domestic and international aid programs. And ultimately becomes a cunning entrepreneur who creates a $14 billion Wall Street scam that halts NYSE trading and destroys two venerable brokerage firms. Along the way, you meet an unforgettable collection of friends, enemies and accomplices. Notably benevolent Mobsters, a jealous and compliant wife, a vicious yet oddly romantic right-hand man, and a collection of opportunistic Government and Church officials. In the end, Fonso's dark side journey may leave you with more questions than answers.