Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion by Tori Telfer

Tori Telfer has established herself as the premier storyteller of crime stories about women. Whether in books (Lady Killers), podcasts (Criminal Broads), or features that have appeared in numerous outlets, Telfer peers inside the worst misdeeds women are capable of, in a way that finds new insight into well-trodden stories and brings attention to cases that ought to be better known.

Her newest, Confident Women, is an entire book devoted to women of the grift. It’s an exhilarating and entertaining collection of stories we believe we know well and stories we had hardly a clue about, a narrative synthesis that values style in tandem with substance, voice alongside facts.