HALF THE FUN WAS GETTING THERE by John R. MacIsaac

HALF THE FUN WAS GETTING THERE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

#916 at the State Prison of South Michigan gives a generally breezy crook's tour of his life and he's a pretty literate fellow (referrals to Kafka, Sarah Bernhardt, etc.) even if he can't spell. A couple of these sections have had magazine appearance--Sports Illustrated (guessably the part about how to become a crowd hustler at sports car races of tennis matches) and Mademoiselle (maybe the madam's letter of referral on a towel boy ""He ain't on junk and he ain't queer. Give him a job for a while""). While telling about all the ways there are to make a dishonest living, he's got his patrician ethic (no pimping, no finking) and he's enjoyed his divers means of employment whether working for a muscle mechanic called Big Pastrami or pulling off jewel thefts. ""A good thief should look like an honest victim"" and there are those he'll disarm.

Pub Date: Sept. 17th, 1968
Publisher: Prentice-Hall