Inspired by a true story and written by the real Irish Investigator who won the acclaimed award of Financial Investigator of the Year EMEA 2013 * for the true case. * International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. Someone has taken my place is an epic account of the identity theft of Irish babies who died in the 1970’s. Irish Fraud Investigator Andrew Stone is on the trail of the serial fraudster known in Ireland as the Texan. The fraudster is inventive and elusive as he evilly masquerades in the identities of dead babies for fraudulent gain. Stone is obsessed with obtaining justice for the vulnerable Irish parents whose babies identities have been taken by the American professional conman. Follow his personal international chase across Ireland, Europe and the United States of America as, with the help of the FBI, former KGB Agents, the United States Secret Service, Interpol and the Irish police, Stone pieces together the international conman’s tortuous spider’s web of illegal aliases and criminal intent
Targeted Age Group:: 30+How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I enjoy writing which is my hobby. My writing is very much based on true stories. I am a full time Financial Crimes Investigator. I have always enjoyed telling stories, this case which I investigated over a two year period simply knocked me out and I just had to write the story.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Enjoy writing, take your time, don’t be afraid and most of all employ a good editor.
David Snow is employed as the Head of Special Investigations for the Irish operation of a multi-national insurance company. He has been working in the private security and financial investigation arena since 1989. Prior to joining Zurich, he was the Irish General Manager of Pinkerton Security & Investigations, with direct management of 185 employees. Pinkerton is the world’s oldest and largest security agencies with operations on every continent. He was one of the first graduates and members of the Institute of Irish Investigators, obtaining the “youngest student award” from the Institute in 1989.
He is a member of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI) and the Association of Irish Risk Management (AIRM). He is a retained fraud lecturer for the Insurance Institute of Ireland, IASIU & IAFCI Europe & North America, lecturing extensively in Europe and North America on fraud management.
He is passionate about identity theft. His book “Someone has taken my place” is based on his true investigation and multi-jurisdictional investigation, exploring identity theft, combined with insurance fraud in Ireland, Europe and USA. He won both the European Middle East & African (EMEA) and International Investigator of the year awards 2013 from the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators for his investigation and bringing to justice of this international serial conman.
David has been interviewed on television and radio including; The Late Late Show, TV3 and multiple radio interviews in both Ireland and North America. He has also penned several fraud articles which have featured in trade press such as Irish Broker and SIU Today.
He is also a member of the Irish charity A Little Lifetime Foundation, formally known as ISANDS. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two childrenWhat Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Based on a true story which I investigated – see link to Newspaper article on the true story behind the book.
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