Man Overboard

  • by Burl Barer
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1982: Oregon businessman Phil Champagne, age 52, dies in a tragic boating accident off Lopez Island. He is survived by one ex-wife, four adult children, an octogenarian mother, and two despondent brothers. Phil didn't know he was dead until he read it in the paper. All things considered, he took it rather well. So did Phil's brother, Mitch, the beneficiary of a 1.5 million dollar policy on Phil's life.
1992: Washington restaurateur Harold Stegeman, famous for his thick, juicy steaks, is arrested by the Secret Service for printing counterfeit US currency in an Idaho shed. In addition to the bogus bills, Stegeman also has a fraudulently obtained passport, a fabricated Cayman Island driver's license, and Phil Champagne's fingerprints.
When the uproarious reality of Harold Stegeman's secret identity hit the headlines, the counterfeit resurrection of Phil Champagne became one of the most celebrated and hysterically funny true-crime stories of the 20th century. And while every supermarket tabloid and television talk show hounded after the untold story, only Edgar Award winner Burl Barer captured Champagne's confidence and received permission to detail Phil's post-mortem career of fraud, deception, trickery, lies, and fine prime rib, bringing to life the exploits of a man his family thought dead over a decade ago.


Audible Editor Reviews

"True crime at its best...Barer has undeniable talent, pizzaz ,and imagination!" (Jack Olsen, best-selling author and award-winning journalist)


What the Critics Say

"Crisp as a freshly printed C-note. Exceptionally clever and vastly entertaining!" (Lee Goldberg, author, screenwriter, and television producer)
"Barer does it again! A deft and dazzling display of solid research and rapier wit - a must for all true crime aficionados." (Gary C. King, author of To Die For)


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Customer Reviews

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I absolutely loved this book. I first heard its synopsis on Dan Zupansky's podcast True Murder. Burl Barer was his guest and could not stop giggling about the mishaps and bad fortune that faced Phil Champagne, a very enjoyable book with excellent narrative, highly recommend
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- Lee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2015
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press