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Preview — King Con by Stephen J. Cannell
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
Raised in a world of flimfla...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
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
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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
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.
An Emmy award-winning writer/producer and Chairman of Cannell Studios, Cannell overcame severe dyslexia to become one of television's most prolific writers. In a highly successful career that spans three decades, he created or co-created more than 40 shows, of which he has scripted more than 450 episodes and produced or execu ...more