King Con: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Nov 2, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages
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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 flimflams, come-ons and con-jobs, Beano Bates has done so well he's earned a spot on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. But his lucky streak vanishes after a card game in which he scams a cool eighty grand from a notorious Mafia don—who retaliates by having Beano nearly beaten to death.

For the first time in his legendary career, Beano wants more than a big score—he wants justice. Aided by a beautiful, no-nonsense female prosecutor and a legion of crafty cousins, all accomplished grifters, Beano, the king of the cons, puts together the ultimate swindle—a well-planned sting of strategy, skill and deception. The target is America's most feared mob kingpin and his psychopathic brother. And in this game, winner takes all!

 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
PART ONETHE VICTIM
ONEGIRLFRIENDS A DUMBWAITER AND A DIXIE CUP
TWOKING CON
THREESCAPEGOAT
FOURTHE CONNECT
PART TWOTHE LAYOUT
FIVEJEOPARDY
PART FIVETHE TALC
TWENTY ONETHE TIGHT HOLE
TWENTY TWOGOING WITH THE FLOW
TWENTY THREEWCPD
TWENTYFOURPROVING THE PASTURE
PART SIXTHECOUNTRY SEND
TWENTY FIVEMUCH CLOSER THAN BEFORE
TWENTY SIXTHE BIG BROTHER

SIXTELLING THE TALE
SEVENTHE YELLOW SHEET
EIGHTTHE BROADCAST
NINEINFORMATION STATION
PART THREELETTING GO
TENPAPER COLLAR JOHN
ELEVENDAKOTA NASSAU AND TENNESSEE
TWELVETHE MOOSE PASTURE
THIRTEENPOSSE
FOURTEENTHE BIG STORE
FIFTEENTHE MOST VALUABLE DOG IN THE WORLD
PART FOURPUTTING THEMARK IN PLAY
SIXTEENSABRE BAY
SEVENTEENDEADWOOD PLAYERS
EIGHTEENLOADING THE DICE
NINETEENTHE TAT
TWENTYSINGING
TWEMTYSEVENKNOCKING THE MARK
TWENTY EIGHTBLEATING TO THE HEAT
TWENTY NINEINBRED INSURANCE
PART SEVENTHE STING
THIRTYTHE HURRAH
THIRTYONETHE BUILDUP
THIRTY TWOTHE STING
THIRTY THREEPLAYING AGAINSTTHE WALL
THIRTYFOURTHE BLOWOFF
THIRTYFIVEHOLDING ON BY LETTING GO
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Stephen J. Cannell is the bestselling author of the political thriller The Plan and the psychothriller Final Victim, as well as the creator or co-creator of over forty television shows, including The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Wiseguy, andSilk Stalkings. He currently heads the Cannell Studios.

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