A collection of true stories, taken from police and insurance records, telling of attempted frauds, many of them successful, against various underwriters. Matter-of-fact narration, but stories in themselves are interesting. Arson -- theft -- murder. The story of the American Bluebeard, with 27 corpses (and their policies) to his credit. Horse swindles. Faked thefts. A commentary on humanity. Market -- true crime readers.