The Ballad Of The Flim Flam Man

The Ballad Of The Flim Flam Man With a quicksilver tongue the hands of a grifter and a heart full of pure larceny Mordecai Jones is a con man of comic proportions Where Mordecai and his apprentice Treadwell go trouble follows to

  • Title: The Ballad Of The Flim Flam Man
  • Author: Guy Owen
  • ISBN: 9781928556053
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a quicksilver tongue, the hands of a grifter, and a heart full of pure larceny, Mordecai Jones is a con man of comic proportions Where Mordecai and his apprentice Treadwell go, trouble follows tobacco barns burn down, prize chickens get eaten, and greedy folks lose a few dollars.

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    1. I first came across the writings of Guy Owen shortly after I graduated from college through a copy of The Flim-Flam Man and other Stories. The book contained stories of Mordecai Jones and Curley as they drive through the Cape Fear Country in an old hearse, pulling off one escapade after another. After reading that book, I kept my eye out for a copy of the Ballard of the Flim-Flam Man. It was out of print at the time and I had to get it out of the library, but I later brought my own copy after it [...]

    2. There’s nothing like old-fashioned light fiction from time to time. This is a story that focuses on two con artists and their adventures in my home state of North Carolina. Mordecai Jones, the flim-flam man, befriends Curley Treadaway, an AWOL veteran of the US Army, and the couple decides to set out on a quest to make some easy money and avoid the Law.Owen’s two main characters never con anyone who haven’t first proved themselves greedy. This seems to be the way that they excuse their act [...]

    3. Maybe it was better in its time, but all of the tricks and cons in the novel have so saturated other books and movies that they are no longer shocking or original (if they even ever were original). Combine this with some truly awful colloquialisms like the constant and distracting use of won't for wasn't and most for almost and you have a slightly disappointing, yet still entertaining, read.

    4. Guy Owen's story is a witty tale of adventure and mayhem set in rural North Carolina in the tobacco-farming southeast. First published in 1965, made into a movie in 1967, it is one of my husband's favorite pieces of entertainment, and I decided it was time that I read it. The author nailed the dialogue, the dialiect and humanity's gullibility and greed.

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