King Con: A Novel
When it comes to creating unforgettable criminal characters, nobody does it better than Emmy Award winner Stephen J. Cannell, the force behind such acclaimed TV hits as "The Rockford Files," "The Commish," "Wiseguy," and "The A-Team." Now come Cannell's most engaging characters yet—a spirited assortment of clever con artists.King Con vs. The Don
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The book is different from Cannell's Shane Scully series. Rather than a police procedural, this is more of a caper. More similar to Donald Westlake than Michael Connelly. The book takes a little to get into, but once the action starts, the story movies quickly through various schemes culminating the really big con.
The one draw back to the story is the female protagonist. She is by far the least interesting character. Cannell has populated the story with some intersting cha ...more
"Gonna rope the mooch with a tat, steer him with a mack, probably put him on the country-send to his drop, and play him off against the wall."
This was my first Cannell novel and it was much as I expected, having come highly recommended by a good friend of mine. The author cut his teeth as a writer/producer of TV shows in the 70s and 80s and this novel reads kinda of like that. Plot is what it's all about, a little less on characterization etc, and you will need to ...more
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WHY: Beano Bates is "King Con" and a member of a huge family of grifters. When his cousin is murdered, he teams up with a Prosecuting Attorney named Victoria Hart to avenge the act. He sets up a huge con to take down the New Jersey mobsters responsible. Although I love caper books, this one just didn't cut it. There was one clever con. A second con was not credible involving cellophane gas, wheelchairs and dice. The major con was way ...more
I also watched the first six episodes of Missing Persons (from the 90s XD) which was produced by Cannell, and I was yet again reminded of the genius this man gave us.
**little salute to Cannell** <3
The number of typos and bad grammar in this book is mind-boggling and the reason for my three-star rating. I was expecting a disclaimer at the end of the book saying that the typos were intentional and that a prize would be awarded to the person who found the most.
this is the first Stephen book i've read and i got hooked. I like heist and caper stories, that's why i'm into Donald E. Westlake too.
i like the story because of the revenge thing. always want to do something like it. hehe. and i've learned some cons which made me aware of those . at least, i won't be an easy mark.
Cannell created or co-created several successful TV series from the 1970s to the 1990s. Creations included The Rockford Files, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, and The Commis ...more