King Con

King Con

by Stephen J. Cannell
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Overview

King Con by Stephen J. Cannell

When it comes to creating unforgettable criminal characters, nobody does it better than Emmy Award winner Stephen J. Cannell, the force behind such acclaimed TV hits as "The Rockford Files," "The Commish," "Wiseguy," and "The A-Team." Now come Cannell's most engaging characters yet—a spirited assortment of clever con artists.King Con vs. The Don

Raised in a world of flimflams, come-ons and con-jobs, Beano Bates has done so well he's earned a spot on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. But his lucky streak vanishes after a card game in which he scams a cool eighty grand from a notorious Mafia don—who retaliates by having Beano nearly beaten to death.

For the first time in his legendary career, Beano wants more than a big score—he wants justice. Aided by a beautiful, no-nonsense female prosecutor and a legion of crafty cousins, all accomplished grifters, Beano, the king of the cons, puts together the ultimate swindle—a well-planned sting of strategy, skill and deception. The target is America's most feared mob kingpin and his psychopathic brother. And in this game, winner takes all!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062034694
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 191,302
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephen J. Cannell is the bestselling author of the political thriller The Plan and the psychothriller Final Victim, as well as the creator or co-creator of over forty television shows, including The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Wiseguy, andSilk Stalkings. He currently heads the Cannell Studios.

Hometown:

Pasadena, California

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1941

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California

Education:

B.S., University of Oregon

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King Con 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Very informative and entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the world of con-men and the scams they run. This is a suspensful and fluid story that keeps the reader glued to the pages. I've liked everything I've read so far by this author. You may also like: The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
King Con by Stephen J. Cannell book review. This book is a thriller with plenty of suspense and action. Beano X. Bates is the main character. He is developed primarily through dialogue. Beano is intelligent and is able to remain calm while performing his cons. He creates elaborate plans to get money, and then uses that money to invest in other cons. Beano is able to pull of these cons because he is charismatic, sly and gets people to go along with what he says. Victoria Hart is a beautiful successful prosecutor, she plays a hard to get, and is a stubborn woman who assists Beano with his cons. She is shy and hesitant to cooperate with him at first because he is a criminal, but she soon learns it is the only way to get back at Joe Rina. Joe Rina is the stereotypical mobster, he is laid back and watches over everyone and all of his ¿businesses¿. When things start to go wrong he loses his cool and becomes anxious and begins to make mistakes. The story opens with Beano Bates conning Joe Rina, a mafia don, for eighty thousand dollars. In return Beano gets some teeth knocked out, and plenty of bruises. Joe Rina kills one of Beano¿s friends. That is how Vicky and Beano meet. They both want to get revenge on Joe Rina, who always finds a way to evade the law. Vicky is the type that has never done anything wrong, but she soon learns this is the only way to get back at Rina. This seems to be one of the themes of the story, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. When Vicky learns what Beano wants her to do, she goes a little crazy. As the story progresses, the cons get more elaborate and she opens up to him more. They begin to get closer and trust each other more. The author likes to tell the readers what the characters plan to do, then creates suspense while the reader watches on, wondering if they will work. It is written in 3rd person and also 1st person that changes between characters. This book is and easy read and is very entertaining, hard to put down after only a few pages. It has plenty of action but holds only a little meaning in it. If you¿re looking for a book that will keep your attention, this is definitely one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. The story was great and I did not want to put the book down.
downwiththesystem More than 1 year ago
I read this wonderful book several years ago and I really enjoyed it. This is the type of book that Holly-weird; err. Hollywood should make into a movie. I mean how many more Spider-man movies must we suffer through? Do not start this book at night, you will not be able to put it down, I found that out the hard way! The action is great, the plot and plot twists are plausible and the romance is steamy, what else could you want in a book? If you are looking for a fast paced book that will not fail to entertain, this is the one for you!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will take one. ~Starfur
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No. We are staying here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shrugged. I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wheels around the cage panicking. "HELP!!!!" ( ultra magnus, i cant send vyou quotes anymore ive reached the limit sorry. We can still chat at nom.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She still needs captured. They have failed because the are fools
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I look around, transform, and fly away*
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is funny, exiting, and thrilling. But the best thing about this book is the contrast of charecters you have a mob boss an atorney and a family of con artists. The plot is complex but naver boring, once ytu pick it up you never want to put it down! Some books you read to put you to sleep but this will keep you up all night long!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen Cannell has written a very fast paced book that keeps your interest from page to page until the end.Some of the cons that are pulled seem a little on the edge, but the writing keeps it flowing smoothly, making it hard to put the book down. I definitely recommend this book and certainly look forward to reading more of his books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fun and interesting read!!! You will find this work humorous and very provoking! Cannell shows great style as he tells this tale of running 'The Big Store' against a Crime Family in NJ. Give us more just like this!! I spent 4 - 5 hrs with a huge grin - as I allowed myself to be part of the great scams that fill this book!! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CALE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walks over
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wat happened wile i was gon? (Got caught so now i can only b on thursdays.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Turns around and starts shooting at Ace of Spades and shoots Aces head off .