This is the gritty truth, the life of a hustler in South Side Chicago, where the only characters are those who con and those who get conned.
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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The Ins and Outs of the Con Game
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.
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.
When folks was chasing after the poisonous woman and never found her. It was a nightmare scenario that few people will admit to.
All the characters were memorable.
This was a lot better than Pimp. Robert Beck aka Iceberg was one of the best writers of any kind of fiction.
- Sal Paradise
Not really my cup of tea