A Language of Lies by Saugata Chakraborty takes you on a breathtaking journey of crime and deception

Updated: Sep 26


 

BOOK REVIEW

 

Inspired by the true story of Anthony Enrique Gignac, A Language of Lies by Saugata Chakraborty takes you on a breathtaking journey of crime and deception con artist for whom "no scheme is out of reach."


Insightful and gripping, the book brings readers into the world of the con. It shows us how our tremendous capacity for belief and our longstanding obsession with rich individuals can make fools of us all.



I love and read so many crime books (mystery, thriller, suspense, true crime — and everything related!) but A Language of Lies is completely far-out. It is intricate and well-executed.


I would recommend you to read this book one chapter at a time. There is so much going on in this fascinating book that reading it slowly will challenge your brain to make predictions of what might be coming next.



Overall, A Language of Lies by Saugata Chakraborty is an epic narrative. If you like action films and crime thriller books this is a must-read.


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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Orphaned at the age of five and disowned by his adoptive parents at seventeen, Sean Brignac discovered the truth about successful cons early in his life. Most people believe they cannot be cheated, and when they really are, they tend to live in denial.



Thus, he created Prince Khalid, son of the Saudi King, and a philanthropist whose opulent lifestyle and infamous tantrums would reverberate through LA, Miami, Hawaii, western Europe, and Dubai for the next three decades.


When the Prince of Fraud was sentenced to prison in 2019 for eighteen years, his exploits from his last global fraud were estimated at eight million dollars and counting.



Based on real-life characters and incidences, ‘A Language of Lies’ revolves around the rise of an illustrious con artist; his lies, insecurities, attempts at establishing meaningful relationships, and the inevitable fall; while putting under scanner the role of his friends, collaborators and his victims.


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Saugata, currently a deputy general manager with the Reserve Bank of India, has served in Mumbai, the North-East India and Kolkata.



His first book of short stories ‘They Go to Sleep’ (2019) has been a bestseller and of late been included in the undergraduate syllabus of a private university in Punjab.


A former educator, public speaker and contributor to various magazines, Saugata has been editing a Bengali webzine of humorous writing ‘Sorosee’ since February 2021.


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