Has anyone else read Angela Stanton's book "Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame The Devil"? It's predominantly about Phaedra Parks of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Stanton's claims (allegedly based upon personal experience) that Parks is the mastermind behind a series of criminal fraud schemes.

I'm not going to spoil the book for those who want to read it, but just as a general description...

Stanton spent time in prison for fraud - crimes which she claims were perpetrated under Phaedra's supervision, and at Phaedra's behest. She says Phaedra (an attorney) had always told her she'd take care of things legally if Stanton got arrested, but instead turned her back on Stanton. At least that explains why she'd be angry enough to write a book about it.

Phaedra's husband Apollo Nida was also convicted in the fraud scheme; Phaedra represented him, then married him very shortly after he was released. Now Nida is headed back to federal prison, after having plead guilty to fraud schemes which he started very shortly after his last release from prison (while married to Phaedra), and some of which are eerily similar to those described in Stanton's book. Phaedra says she had no knowledge of her husband's crimes, but after reading this book, I can't help but wonder...

Phaedra did sue Stanton over the book, though if Stanton's attorney is to be believed, getting Phaedra to comply with discovery has been a nightmare. Though perhaps the wisest course would have been to drop the suit against Stanton, in light of her husband's most recent convictions, she can't do that anymore because Stanton counter-sued. So Phaedra is stuck in a civil court hell of her own design which, if what Stanton says in her book is true, is rather amusing in and of itself.

All in all, it's a quick and rather interesting read.