The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra

Spoke Media, Wondery

The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra


Critic Rating

Hosted and narrated by John Stamos, The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra is a complicated, nuanced story of one imperfect man trying to redeem himself by pulling off the perfect crime. Did you ever feel like everything’s broken, and it’s your job to fix it? That’s how Barry Keenan was feeling back in 1963. He was broke, unemployed, hooked on booze and pills, and his family was falling apart. Barry needed a miracle. And against all odds, he got one. One day the voice of God came over the radio in Barry’s car and told him there was a simple...

Critic Reviews

Score: 4

James Marriot • The Times UK Aug 26, 2021

"Wonderfully gravelly, noirish narration is provided by the actor John Stamos."

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Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Aug 14, 2021

"Various California types, famous and not, wander through the story, giving it all an LA Confidential feel. The reality is there, but it’s the way the truth is told that brings the joy. Stamos sounds like George Clooney, which helps; plus the story is so bananas that it had me properly laughing on a couple of occasions. And no one gets hurt. Hooray for a true crime without a dead woman or abused child."

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Score: 4.8

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Aug 1, 2021

"We know from the start how the story ends, so it’s to the series’ credit that it manages to maintain the tension. As with so many crime pods, there are ethical questions...Snatching Sinatra tells a hell of a story, and it’s impossible not to get swept up in it."

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