Confidence tricks in literature

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Notable confidence tricks in literature[edit]

Nineteenth century[edit]

Twentieth century[edit]

Twenty-first century[edit]

  • Matchstick Men (2002) – novel by Eric Garcia; the main characters are con artists
  • American Gods (2001) – novel by Neil Gaiman uses a two-man con as a major plot element
  • The Egyptologist (2004) – an Arthur Phillips novel in which con artist Ralph Trilipush eventually cons himself.
  • Going Postal (2004) – Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel features a convicted and condemned con artist Moist von Lipwig, who applies the principles of the con in his new job as Postmaster General
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) – fantasy novel by Scott Lynch follows the adventures of a group of con artists known as the Gentlemen Bastards
  • The Collectors (2006) – novel by David Baldacci; one of the main characters cons a casino owner out of $40 million
  • Mr. Monk in Trouble – mystery novel by Lee Goldberg based on the television series Monk; features several subplots set in the 1850s where criminals salt their mines with rather ingenious methods
  • "Conman" (novel) – CWA Gold Dagger comic novel by Richard Asplin following the adventure of Neil Martin, a film-memoribilia dealer who becomes involved with a group of professional confidence tricksters
  • "Chasing The Ace" (2014) - A crime novel by Nicholas J. Johnson following the adventures of Joel and Richard, a pair of con artists working in modern day Melbourne.

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