I was lucky enough to pick this book up based purely on the fact that it is published by Disinformation, whom you may be familiar with from some of their previous collections such as "Everything You Know Is Wrong" and "Abuse Your Illusions". This is a slight departure from those books as this is not a collection of essays, and is rooted in the realities of the computer and IT age, rather than in activism or alternative political territory.
The story unfolds from small beginnings, as the author tells us of his first identity theft which netted him a modest few thousand dollars, and then details how he and his business associate "Bones" grew from these humble roots into a huge, multi-state (and eventually, multinational) ID theft operation. The book doesn't skimp on the details of how these two opportunistic con-men set-up and grew their business, and I personally was blown away with how easy it seemed to be for them to steal identities and thousands of dollars in credit from unknowing leading lights of the business world. The book is extremely well-written, fast paced and has more than it's fair share of humorous moments too.
I literally consumed this book over the space of a weekend, and was very sorry to see it end. Even though it may be hard to imagine sympathising with somewhat of an "anti-hero" such as an identity thief, the book does a great job and showing also how we, as consumers, are probably the worst offenders when it comes to giving our private details away and playing into the hands of would-be identity thieves. I look forward to Glenn Hastings next work, if it is a patch on this book then it will be well worth picking up.