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Conmen, card mechanics, sleight of hand thieves, and more. Long
cons, short cons, ... If you enjoy reading about confidence men and
want to read about them operating in the greatest gambling paradise
ever invented, this is it.
Swain gives us Las Vegas as you've never experienced it before. Meet
Billy Cunningham who knows every trick in the book and his
swashbuckling crew as they separate casinos from dollars.
The writing is sharp and it is an incredibly fast reading book. Great,
enjoyable reading that will leave you feeling as if you are an insider
who knows every trick in the book.
There are a couple of over the top plot devices that may not feel
authentic but they work in terms of setting up the plot and the climatic
action. But, overall, just a terrific, fun thriller. Could really see this as a
hit movie. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
Amazing book. Written by someone who know the confidence scams. ( )
  beertraveler | Feb 5, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 147782202X, Paperback)

Whoever says crime doesn’t pay isn’t doing it right.

There are hundreds of casinos in Las Vegas, and Billy Cunningham knows how to rip off every one. His scams are a thing of beauty—so perfectly orchestrated that onlookers believe he and his crew are winning fair and square. In a town where bosses will kill to protect their profits, Billy can’t afford to make mistakes, but even the best-laid plans can go wrong…

Desperate to keep his team out of jail, Billy agrees to help stop a legendary family of thieves from taking down a casino. But he has no intention of breaking the cheater’s code: never rat out your own kind. He’s running his own con on the casino’s psycho owner and his vicious, violent wife. Throw in a murderous drug dealer, a vengeful gaming agent, and the girl Billy’s never forgotten, and this scam artist is playing for sky-high stakes: a cool eight million, and the chance to live long enough to spend it.

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"Whoever says crime doesn't pay isn't doing it right. There are hundreds of casinos in Las Vegas, and Billy Cunningham knows how to rip off every one. His scams are a things of beauty--so perfectly orchestrated that onlookers believe he and his crew are winning fair and square. In a town where bosses will kill to protect their profits, Billy can't afford to make mistakes, but even the best-laid plans can go wrong. Desperate to keep his team out of jail, Billy agrees to help stop a legendary family of thieves from taking down a casino. But he has no intention of breaking the cheater's code: never rat out your own kind. He's running his own con on the casino's psycho owner and his vicious wife. This scam artist is playing for sky-high stakes: a cool eight million, and the chance to live long enough to spend it." -- page 4 of cover.… (more)

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