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IWhiz Mob is David W. Maurer's classic study of the world of pickpockets. Similar to his best-known work, The Big Con, in Whiz Mob Maurer explains the colorful expressions and vivid words used by pickpockets and uses them to provide a window into the life and experiences of the professional criminal. Although he is quick to point out that he never had any actual experience on the racket, Maurer spent many years interviewing pickpockets and learning about their way of life. The result is a fascinating look at the work, lives, morals, and dangers of this element of the criminal subculture.

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Linguist Maurer, now apparently deceased, is best known for The Big Con the basis for the movie "The Sting." Here he relates elements of language and aspects of the social structure of a single criminal subculture in order to shed light on both. The 1964 edition was published by College and University Press Services.
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Maurer, David W.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Sociology - General
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