American Roulette

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Postby Jim Morton » 11/18/03 03:36 PM

For those who, like me, enjoy the tales of con artists and grifters, I recommend American Roulette by Richard Marcus. Marcus and his team specialized in pastposting, which is, essentially, sleight-of-hand under battlefield conditions.

Marcus writes in an off-the-cuff, conversational style that suits the subject matter well. His perspective is typical of many criminals; dealers that keep sharp eyes on their tables are "paranoid," and anyone who tries to prevent them from ripping off the casinos is perceived as evil. Worst of all, on at least one occasion in the book, Marcus and his team probably cost a man his job, but Marcus does not stop to reflect on this at all, assuming instead that a couple hundred dollar chips will make the guy feel better.

But these same things failures of introspection also make the book a fascinating read. It affords an excellent insight into the mind of a grifter, without any sugar coating.
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Postby Guest » 11/18/03 04:25 PM

Jim! I thought you gave up the ghost and headed to Michigan or something....good to see you! I threw away two niner tickets for last night, if I knew you were around I'd of given 'em to you.
Steve V

Postby Larry Horowitz » 11/19/03 01:56 PM

I agree, this is an excellent book.
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