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David Maurer   Just recently back in print, David Maurer's classic work of crime anthropology tells the story of America's grifters and their confidence games. The Big Con is an entertaining treasure trove of rich characters (like Larry the Lug, Slobbering Bob and The High Ass Kid) and wild stories, filled with the vibrant lingo of this fascinating underworld profession.  
Elwood Reid   Elwood Reid's short story collection What Salmon Know is an examination of the soulful underside of American manhood. In the story "Happy Jack," a women's self-defense teacher at the YWCA makes a terrible mistake with a student who had given him her trust.  
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