CALLING ALL SLEAZY SWINDLERS!Everyone loves a heel, especially one to whom nothing was sacred and who charmed his or her way into the hearts, minds, and wallets of bumpkins and belles alike. Hornswogglers, Fourflushers, and Snake-Oil Salesmen offers dozens of tales of petty bandits, sleazy bunko artists, and conniving conmen (and conwomen!) who traveled West to seek their fortunes by preying on those who went before them to settle and explore.
Hornswogglers, Fourflushers, and Snake-Oil Salesmen tells who these nefarious ne'er-do-wells were, what they did, and why they are remembered, and each chapter is illustrated with engaging historic photos and illustrations of the shady characters at work and play. Caution: Lock up your wallet before reading!
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Watch your wallets and keep an eye on your keys! It's a slippery collection of tales of the Old West's sleaziest Swindlers ... and they're all true!
From the raw, paint-peeling alcohol of cure-all elixirs to con-artist carpetbaggers with satchels full of shoddy goods to sleight-of-hand card sharps whose wasted outward appearance belied nimble minds and adroit fingers, the Old West teemed with shady characters out for a quick buck and a good time before disappearing to another cow town ripe for the plucking. Like everyone who headed out West, these rascals sought a better life--without having to work too hard for it. The true tales of their cunning and larceny, and their eventual comeuppance, make for riveting reading.
Matthew P. Mayo is a Spur Award-winning writer whose many books include the novels Winters' War; Wrong Town; Hot Lead, Cold Heart; Dead Man's Ranch; Tucker's Reckoning; The Hunted, and many others. His non-fiction works include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers; Haunted Old West; Jerks in New England History, and more. He roves the highways and byways of North America with his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, in search of high adventure, hot coffee, and tasty whiskey. Visit him on the Web at matthewmayo.com.
Matthew P. Mayo is a Western Writers of America Spur Award-Winner, and a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and his many novels include the Westerns Winters' War, Wrong Town, Hot Lead, Cold Heart, Dead Man's Ranch, Tucker's Reckoning, The Hunted, and Shotgun Charlie. He contributes to several popular series of Western and adventure novels. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers; Haunted Old West, and more. Visit him on the web at matthewmayo.com.
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