"Of all of the grifters, the arrogance guy is the aristocrat, " wrote David Maurer, a proposition he definitively proved within the vast Con, some of the most colourful, well-researched, and exciting works of criminology, ever written. A professor of linguistics who really expert in underworld argot. Maurer gained the belief of hundreds of thousands of swindlers who permit him in on no longer easily their language, yet their folkways and the astonishingly complicated and complicated schemes wherein unsuspecting marks, hooked via their very own greed and dishonesty, have been "taken off" -- i.e., cheated -- of hundreds of thousands upon millions of greenbacks. the goods of wonderful ingenuity, crack timing, and a focus to each final aspect, those "big cons" richly deserve Maurer's description as "the most efficient swindling gadget which guy has ever invented."
The enormous Con is a treasure trove of yankee lingo (the write, the rag, the payoff, ropers, shills, the chilly poke, the convincer, to place at the ship) and indelible characters (Yellow child Weil, Barney the Patch, the Seldom obvious child, Limehouse Chappie, Larry the Lug). It served as a resource for the Oscar-winning movie the edge and should pride lovers of such writers as David Mamet, Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard, and William Burroughs for its droll, totally authoritative examine the undying pursuit of relieving one's fellow guy of his surplus cash.