Foreword Reviews

Queen of the Con

From a Spiritualist to the Carnegie Imposter

2021 INDIES Finalist
Finalist, Biography (Adult Nonfiction)

"Queen of the Con" tells the true story of Cassie Chadwick, a successful swindler and “one of the top 10 imposters of all time,” according to Time magazine. At the dawn of the twentieth century, Cassie borrowed $2 million (worth roughly $50 million today) throughout northern Ohio, Pittsburgh, New York, and Boston by posing as the illegitimate daughter of wealthy industrialist-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. When the fraud collapsed in 1904, it was a nationwide sensation.