Con jobs, charlatans, rip-off artists, grifters and crooks – we do what we can to avoid them in real life. But, oh, how we’re drawn to other people’s stories of mind-boggling scams and capers. Especially when they go erroneously, horrendously pear-shaped. Here are some books where it’s a short walk between Easy Street and the Big House.
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The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times
A classic Jeeves and Wooster novel from P.G. Wodehouse, the great comic writer of the 20th century.
Jesus’ Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin
Hilarious and spot on, this is The Devil Wears Prada for the Lena Dunham generation
A twisty, high concept thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of global phenomenon, The Martian
The rise, fall and rise of sport gambling in Australia
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.