Catch me if you can: a disappointing book
Catch me if you can by Frank Abagnale is an odd book, one which I enjoyed for the first, say, two thirds, and then was disappointed by. It’s a fictionalised biography of a conman, who used to forge cheques and impersonate doctors and airline pilots. At the beginning, its interesting because of the bizarre schemes in which Frank, the narrator, is involved. As it goes on, though it grinds, because Frank never learns anything, therefore his character does not develop. The book lacks any sort of ending, either in a chronological or narrative sense, and so it differs markedly from the movie, where this flaw has been corrected.
This is one of those sad books, like the later Harry Potters, which are better after a swift film script edit.