Whiz Mob

Whiz Mob

by David W. Maurer


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Linguist Maurer, now apparently deceased, is best known for The Big Con the basis for the movie "The Sting." Here he relates elements of language and aspects of the social structure of a single criminal subculture in order to shed light on both. The 1964 edition was published by College and University Press Services. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780808403210
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/1964
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David W. Maurer was a well-known linguist and professor at the University of Louisville for many years. His other books include Kentucky Moonshine, an examination of the language of moonshiners, and The Big Con, which was the basis for the Academy Award winning movie, The Sting.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Nature of Professional Crime Chapter 3 The Pickpocket and Legitimate Society Chapter 4 The Place of the Pickpocket in the Underworld Chapter 5 Usage Levels of the Pickpocket Chapter 6 The Act of Theft Chapter 7 Different Types of Mobs Chapter 8 The Mark Chapter 9 Money and Valuables Chapter 10 The Thief and the Law Chapter 11 Skills and Training Chapter 12 Places to Work Chapter 13 Ethics and Morals Chapter 14 The Word-Finder List

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