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Nigel Blundell's short book "The World's Greatest Crooks and Conmen" is the kind of book that I like to read before bed. Why? Well it's not because I'm dreaming of becoming a politician that fakes his death and goes into hiding, it's more simple.
The book is a collection of interesting, entertaining stories about different people, each of them are between half a page to 3 pages long and it's the perfect book for sneaking in a couple of minutes reading before drifting off to sleep. You can pick up and put down the book as you please without really disjointing the point of the book and even after reading it, you can always keep it to dig out some interesting characters or for reference.
Recently I haven't had much time and even reading a relatively short 300 page novel can take me a couple of weeks, so I've found these books to be ideal.
The book "Crooks and Conmen" is split into various chapters that cover different kinds of crooks, some of them are downright gun toting outlaws whilst others are hoaxers and fraudsters, not even all of the characters are wily or sly in their actions, some are downright foolish and there's a couple of stories in the book that don't really fit in but are intriguing all the same.
One example of these is Henry Ziegland who in Texas in the 1890s broke off a relationship with his wife-to-be, being distressed she killed herself and her brother in anger retaliated by trying to kill Ziegland, the bullet missed and in fact hit a tree behind him but he played dead and the enraged brother committed suicide. 20 years later, Ziegland went to blow up the tree where the event had happened and the bullet was propelled into his own head killing him!
The stories are interesting but it's hard to say whether all the details are correct, there's different versions of some of the same stories and the books description of Pauline Cushman seems factually incorrect as well as exaggerated.