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Long White Con

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Taking up where "Trick Baby" left off, White Folks moves up to Canada after the death of his partner and mentor, Blue Howard. There, he hooks up with the Vicksburg Kid, who completes his con education. Together they form a formidable duo, playing for the highest stakes in the Unhappy Virgin Game.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Holloway House (first published 1988)
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I love all Iceberg Slim books
Not as good as "Pimp", but still highly enjoyable.
The King of the Confidence Game
RK Byers
this one was uneven.
Nicholas Pell
I was disappointed by this book, though the second half makes up for a bit of the disappointment. Long White Con marks the second appearance of Iceberg Slim's possibly real acquaintance, Johnny O'Brien AKA White Folks. Folks is an extremely light-skinned black man with blue eyes, the son of a mixed-race couple. Named "White Folks" by a fellow con artist because no white person would ever go by that name.

The first half of the book involves a semi-complicated and not very interesting long con wit...more
The classic narrative of White Folks, the ultimate con-artist who is Black but can pass himself as white. The sequal to iceberg's "Trick Baby" this is another sample of the Ice's genius and his ability to take us into a 'surreal' world of ghetto life.

And once again I am kind of shocked that iceberg Slim is not better known in the mainstream literary world. Essential writer at a time where the ghetto life was totally underground.
In "Trick Baby", Robert Beck (street-named Iceberg Slim) told the story of Johnny O'Brien (street-named White Folks) and his early days running the short con -- a confidence game designed to cheat the mark (victim) out of small amounts of money. Johnny O'Brien's story continues in "Long White Con".
the origins of street novels! much better than today street novels!!
Kentoine Johnson
Before I read this I had no idea what a long con was lol
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Iceberg Slim, also known as Robert Beck, was born as Robert Lee Maupin. Novelist and poet whose most famous novel, Pimp, is semi-autobiographical.
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