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The Grifters
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David Schaafsma
“A confidence trick is also known as a con game, a con, a scam, a grift, a hustle, a bunko (or bunco), a swindle, a flimflam, a gaffle or a bamboozle. The intended victims are known as "marks", "suckers", or "gulls" (i.e., gullible). When accomplices are employed, they are known as shills”—Wikipedia

To grift is to engage in petty swindling.

Until this week I had never read The Grifters (1963), but had seen several times the film with Jon Cusack, Annette Bening, and Anjelica Huston and loved it, a
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Jim
It was well written & read, but I never wanted to listen to it because it was so depressing. Everyone sucked & I couldn't find a character to connect to, to root for. Something bad would happen to one of them & my mind just said, "OK, now wander off & die, jerk." They didn't. They kept hanging around being miserable, living for no other reason than dying would have put me out of their misery, so I stopped about 2/3 of the way through. Haven't missed it & don't wonder what hap ...more
Ladiibbug
"Noir" Thriller

Originally published in 1963 by classic noir author Jim Thompson, this is an engrossing conman/conwoman thriller.

By day Roy is a stable, hardworking, well liked young man. He has an apartment that fits in with his income. Roy has structured all outwards appearances to leave no suspicion about his behavior or lifestyle.

Roy's other side is as a "short con" conman - quick hits to the unsuspecting victims that have earned him over $50,000 (in 1963 dollars).

Roy's mother Lilly is also a
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