Genre: Non-Fiction Memoir
Published by: Booksurge (April 2009)
Pages: 290 (Paperback)
My Rating: 9.5/10
DESPERATE HIGHWAY: THE TRUE STORY OF A CRIMINAL BY JESSE STRETCH
Jack Alexander changed his name so many names as he ran away from one con to another that I'm surprised that he could remember who he was most of the time!
He dropped out of College in the late 1960's and married one of his fellow students who was extremely wealthy, they lived in a large house, Jack had a good job so why did he go down the criminal route? This book tells the whole amazing story of his criminal life.
From San Quentin prison -- where he was diagnosed as a 'criminal genius' -- to living the high life with beautiful women, fancy houses, drugs, alcohol -- mixing with drug dealers -- at one time holding down a job where he travelled the world -- and all the while not caring about who he scammed and hurt in the process.
I'm Jack Alexander, the notorious stolen jewelry salesman, airplane thief, trickster ... a professional con artist. ........ It's the same guy who three years ago blew 50 grand a month on whatever he wanted, usually **** he used only once.
As Jack relied more and more on drink and drugs to get him through the day, his life slowly descends to hell and he realises that "I could always get more money; it was the years that a guy could never buy back".
I don't want to spoil the ending but I thought this was such an inspirational book while Jesse Stretch brought this whole fascinating account of one man's rise and fall to life. I was absolutely engrossed from start to finish.
Special Thanks to Jeff Andrews and Bostick Communications.