The Mark Inside

The Mark Inside

A Perfect Swindle, A Cunning Revenge, and A Small History of the Big Con

Book - 2012
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A narrative history of con artistry in America documents the early twentieth-century efforts of J. Frank Norfleet to track down a gang of confidence men who swindled him out of everything he had.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307272485
0307272486
Branch Call Number: 364.163 READING
Characteristics: 290 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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e_inkwell Jul 02, 2012

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Great fun for history lovers as well as those who just love a good yarn. There's a lot of terrific American history wrapped up in the history of the confidence game and the swindle.

Who knew Denver started out as a swindlers' paradise?!

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Mar 24, 2012

March 24, 2012

Americans have always been fascinated by con men. Why else would we have so many movies about legendary swindlers? Most real-life cons are probably less entertaining than the ones on the silver screen, but in her new book, Amy Reading unearths a historical swindle that rivals anything ever imagined by Hollywood.

She tells the story of a Texas rancher named J. Frank Norfleet who lost his fortune in a con, then spent the next four years crossing the country, donning disguises and posing as a fool and a dupe — in the hope of meeting and avenging himself upon the men who stole his fortune.

The link below takes you to NPR Weekend Edition's Scott Simon where he talked to Reading about her book, The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con.

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/24/149148112/the-big-con-if-you-cant-avoid-it-avenge-it

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