Featured Book: The King of Sting

We occasionally have students visit us in the Memorial Library to gain work experience. Last week we were joined by Henry. After giving him a tour of the Library and an overview of its mission, we gave him ten minutes to pick a book off our shelves that intrigued him and asked him to write a summary of it for us.

Here’s what he came up with:

The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw by Craig Glazer with Sal Manna

The King of Sting is the account of how a university freshman and his streetwise Vietnam veteran friend went from relative obscurity to being the most efficient undercover cops in the midwest of America.

Craig Glazer’s story began in 1971 in a student apartment where he was ripped off while trying to buy marijuana. Fueled by fantasies drawn from movies of the era like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in which the hero was always on the edge of the law, Glazer decided to strike back at the dealers. Together with his partner, Don Woodbeck, he orchestrated his first ‘sting’, posing as local law enforcement. He walked away from that first sting with $50,000 and a high he couldn’t get from any drug. So began Glazer’s career as the King of Sting. Despite becoming an actual undercover cop, appointed by the Kansas State Attorney, Glazer eventually found himself struggling to break free of the trade he’d trapped himself in.

If any of this sounds interesting, be sure to check out The King of Sting by Craig Glazer with Sal Manna.

Thanks, Henry! (We hope that didn’t feel too much like homework.) Our crime books are some of our best-issuing titles… and they certainly are incredible real-life stories!

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