Re: RARA-AVIS: The Store

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 06 Jun 2001

Bob wrote:

"Several mentions have been made of "The Big Con" without any reference to the film :The Sting" (with Robert Redford) which is an enactment - with logical embellishments- of one con in the book - "The Store"."

Actually, if you want to get more specific, the con in The Sting is an example of The Wire, a variation of The Big Store.

And while we're talking about books about cons, let's not forget The Bunco Book by Walter B. Gibson, creator of The Shadow. It is a catalog of cons (pretty much all short cons), swindles and schemes, even includes the tricks behind carnival games. Nice illustrations, too.


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