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Trick Baby tells the story of White Folks, a blue-eyed, light-haired con artist whose pale skin allows him to pass in the streets as a white man. Folks is tormented early in life, rejected by other children and branded a "trick baby", a child conceived between a hooker and her trick. Refusing to abandon his life in the ghetto and a chance at revenge, Folks is taken under the wing of an older mentor, Blue. What happens next is unbelievable.
Only Slim could bring us the story of a hustler forced to learn the game and rise to the top. It's Slim's story, and he tells it the only way he knows how: in the language of the streets.
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By Sal Paradise on 11-02-14
The Ins and Outs of the Con Game
Would you listen to Trick Baby again? Why?
Gary Hite has an excellent voice. It's like hearing the whole story in an old barbershop. In fact this was kind of the story you would hear in a barbershop.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked Blue because he wanted to be the protector. He was the senior man, but like "Folks" he had weaknesses that ultimately foiled his character.
Which scene was your favorite?
When folks was chasing after the poisonous woman and never found her. It was a nightmare scenario that few people will admit to.
Who was the most memorable character of Trick Baby and why?
All the characters were memorable.
Any additional comments?
This was a lot better than Pimp. Robert Beck aka Iceberg was one of the best writers of any kind of fiction.
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By Jonah on 01-20-17
This was the wrong narrator for the book.
I like this narrator and LOVE THIS BOOK, but they don't sute each other. The protagonist " White Folks" is a smooth taking con man. "Iceburg Slim" is a chill pimp. For some reason the hole story is read with a hard and angry edge.
The heavy edge isn't compatible with the characters or storyline. It's a huge distraction from this great story.
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