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Publisher's Summary

This is the gritty truth, the life of a hustler in South Side Chicago, where the only characters are those who con and those who get conned.

Trick Baby tells the story of White Folks, a blue-eyed, light-haired con artist whose pale skin allows him to pass in the streets as a white man. Folks is tormented early in life, rejected by other children and branded a "trick baby", a child conceived between a hooker and her trick. Refusing to abandon his life in the ghetto and a chance at revenge, Folks is taken under the wing of an older mentor, Blue. What happens next is unbelievable.

Only Slim could bring us the story of a hustler forced to learn the game and rise to the top. It's Slim's story, and he tells it the only way he knows how: in the language of the streets.

©2011 Iceberg Slim (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The Ins and Outs of the Con Game

Would you listen to Trick Baby again? Why?

Gary Hite has an excellent voice. It's like hearing the whole story in an old barbershop. In fact this was kind of the story you would hear in a barbershop.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Blue because he wanted to be the protector. He was the senior man, but like "Folks" he had weaknesses that ultimately foiled his character.

Which scene was your favorite?

When folks was chasing after the poisonous woman and never found her. It was a nightmare scenario that few people will admit to.

Who was the most memorable character of Trick Baby and why?

All the characters were memorable.

Any additional comments?

This was a lot better than Pimp. Robert Beck aka Iceberg was one of the best writers of any kind of fiction.

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  • Dream
  • Watauga, TX, United States
  • 09-16-14

Not really my cup of tea

What I liked about the book was the suspense and the story line. What I didn't care too much about was the length of the book. I gave this book a try to find something new and it just wasn't my favorite. Although this wasn't the best book I have listened to I know my fiancee would like this book. If you like books about scheeming, con artists and trickery this book would intrigue you.

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This was the wrong narrator for the book.

I like this narrator and LOVE THIS BOOK, but they don't sute each other. The protagonist " White Folks" is a smooth taking con man. "Iceburg Slim" is a chill pimp. For some reason the hole story is read with a hard and angry edge.

The heavy edge isn't compatible with the characters or storyline. It's a huge distraction from this great story.

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  • JMKIII58
  • Clarksville, TN, United States
  • 12-01-15

A gritty story

What a story told about a life while sharing a cell. White folks life as told by him and captured forever by Iceberg Slim.

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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 07-07-18

life in the time

the narrative was excellent the plot followed really smoothly. The characters seemed very unbelievable but they lived that life. A good listen.

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Great story!

Another dive into a world so unbelievable, and tragic. The characters in this story are just as immersive as Iceberg Slim's previous entry, Pimp. A great listen!

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  • LC
  • 02-05-15

Great

the whole book was a page turner like no other I really enjoyed this book

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