Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday's "Forgotten" Books - King Con

Today, for Friday's "Forgotten" Books, a number of bloggers are talking about books that they "feel are unfairly obscure, or at least important enough to write a brief blurb touting them to the assembled blogosphere."

No one would call Stephen J. Cannell's King Con an important book. However, as a public librarian, it's a book that has proven to be successful for me to use with almost every reader. Emmy Award winner Stephen J. Cannell is the person behind TV hits, "The Rockford Files," "The Commish," "Wiseguy," and "The A-Team." In King Con, he created a character every reader wants to cheer for, Beano X. Bates.

Beano X. Bates is king of the con man, until he messes with the wrong man, a Mafia don who doesn't take kindly to his loss in a card game. After Beano is almost beaten to death, he decides to leave the business. But, with the murder of his cousin, Beano is determined to pull one last big con, and ruin the crime boss. Together with a beautiful prosecutor, and a wonderful cast of characters, Beano X. Bates designs the perfect last job, to prove he is still King Con.

It's a book for anyone who enjoyed "The Sting" or "The A-Team." I never found the other Cannell books as interesting, but King Con is a winner.

King Con by Stephen J. Cannell. William Morrow and Company, Inc., ©1997. ISBN 9780688147761 (hardcover), 407p.


caryn said...

Okay, you sold me. The write up on the book sounded so good that I checked it out from the library this morning. I may not get to it for a bit, but at least it's in the pile.

Carol M said...

King Con sounds good so I'm willing to give Stephen J. Cannell another chance. lol I just finished reading his book, Final Victim, and I wasn't too thrilled about it and didn't think I would read anymore of his books.

Lesa said...

Caryn - This one is worth taking a chance on! Promise!

Lesa said...

Hi Carol,

None of Cannell's other books have impressed me, but King Con is a winner. Let me know what you think if you read it.

It's perfect for anyone who liked "The Sting."

Gary Baumgarten said...

Stephen J. Cannell will be my guest on News Talk Online on Friday July 11 at 5 PM New York time.

You can talk to him by going to and clicking on the link. There is no charge.


Lesa said...

Thanks for the information, Gary!