By Donald E. Westlake
* mark n. a simple sufferer; a prepared topic for the practices of a self assurance guy, thief, beggar, etc.; a sucker.-Dictionary of yankee Slang, Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1960
That's the lengthy definition of a mark. yet there's a shorter one. It is going:
* mark n. Fred Fitch
What, you ask, is a Fred Fitch? good, for something, Fred Fitch is the fellow with the main broad choice of faux receipts, phony accounts of sale, and counterfeit sweepstakes tickets within the Western Hemisphere, and doubtless within the whole global. for an additional factor, Fred Fitch could be the basically ny urban resident within the 20th century to shop for a cash laptop. whilst Barnum acknowledged, "There's one born each minute, and to take him," he didn't find out about Fred Fitch; whilst Fred Fitch was once born, there have been million to take him.
Every itinerant grifter, hypester, bunk artist, short-conner, amuser, shearer, short-changer, green-goods employee, pennyweighter, ring dropper, and yentzer to hit long island urban considers his journey incomplete until eventually he's additionally hit Fred Fitch. He's kind of the con-man's model of pass: move Fred Fitch, gather 200 cash, and stream on.
What occurs to Fred Fitch while his long-lost Uncle Matt dies and leaves Fred 300 thousand cash shouldn't take place to the ball in a pinball laptop. Fred Fitch with 300 thousand funds is sort of a mouse with a sack of catnip: He's more likely to allure the incorrect form of attention.
Add to this the truth that Uncle Matt was once murdered, via individual or people unknown, and that somebody now turns out made up our minds to homicide Fred besides, combine in daffily fascinating beauties of completely different kinds, and you have got an ideal setup for the busiest fictional hero because the famous one-armed paperhanger. As Fred Fitch careers around the ny urban landscape-and occasionally skyline-in his conferences with police officers, con males, attractive women, and (maybe) murderers, he's taking on the various loonier elements of a Dante with out a Virgil. Take one half comedy and one half suspense and shake well-mostly with laughter.
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