Delighted to read another positive, five-star review of The Man who Broke the Bank on Amazon
“When I was a child, one of the songs my father sang was “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo”, and I always wondered about the man behind that music-hall favourite. Now I know – thanks to this book – and what a fascinating tale it is! The author has not only meticulously researched this story, as evidenced by the book’s wealth of detail, but has brought historical events vividly to life.
In addition to his Monte Carlo adventures, Charles Deville Wells (the subject of this book) was an accomplished fraudster. The workings of his audacious scams are fully explained, but the biggest mystery of all – HOW he broke the bank at Monte Carlo – may just have been explained here too. The author advances several possible scenarios, but has one favoured theory, which is backed by some tantalising historical clues. I found this to be a gripping account of one very clever con-man!”