By Matthew P. Mayo
All people loves a heel, in particular one to whom not anything used to be sacred and who charmed his or her manner into the hearts, minds, and wallets of bumpkins and belles alike. This assortment deals twenty-four stories of petty bandits, sleazy bunko artists, and conniving conmen and –women who traveled West to hunt their fortunes via preying at the women and men who went ahead of them to settle and discover. those tales of who they have been, what they did, and why they're remembered for his or her deeds contain plentiful and interesting ancient illustrations of the shady characters at paintings and at play.
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Hornswogglers, Fourflushers & Snake-Oil Salesmen: True Tales of the Old West's Sleaziest Swindlers by Matthew P. Mayo