Interviews with a different kind of criminal--middle-class women doing time for everything from elaborate con jobs to cat burglary--by a former inmate, Frank and direct, with little doubt of their guilt, they are a relief from the usual run-of-the-mill crooks protesting their innocence. This crew is a nervy bunch and intriguing to boot. Why? There are some glib psychobabble explanations, but mainly they did it for love, kicks and money. The excitement some experienced is so real it's palpable. Close calls seem especially exciting. These ladies were better at what they did than most men, and their incomes were sometimes fantastic--$3,000 to $5,000 per week. The best of them were organized, fearless and very bright--and often the sole support of a lover and kids. Some show no remorse and intend to go right back to ""work"" when they gel out. Others have been smart enough to stash away a bundle the cops can't find. Apparently, equality between the sexes is also providing more female crooks and bas created a growth industry for women who are bored, adventurous, money-hungry and amoral enough to jump in while the water's fine. Computer frauds, embezzling, jewel theft and a variety of cons performed by these women will make male criminals seen crude and simple-minded in comparison. The ladies have come off the pedestal with a vengeance.