'Of all the gifters, the confidence man is the aristocrat', wrote David Maurer, a proposition he definitively proved in "The Big Con". A professor of linguistics who specialised in underworld argot, Maurer won the trust of hundreds of swindlers. They let him in on not simply their language, but their folkwrys and the astonishingly complex and elaborate schemes whereby unsuspecting marks, hooked by their own greed and dishonesty were 'taken off' - i. e. , cheated - of thousands upon thousands of dollars. The products of ...

The Big Con 2000, Arrow Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780099409991

Mass-market paperback

The Big Con 1999, Century, London

ISBN-13: 9780712684101

New edition