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Hornswogglers, Fourflushers & Snake-Oil Salesmen: True Tales of the Old West's Sleaziest Swindlers by [Matthew P. Mayo]

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Watch your wallets and keep an eye on your keys! It's a slippery collection of tales of the Old West's sleaziest Swindlers ... and they're all true! No, really.... From the raw, paint-peeling alcohol of cure-all elixirs to con-artist carpetbaggers with satchels full of shoddy goods to sleight-of-hand card sharps whose wasted outward appearance belied nimble minds and adroit fingers, the Old West teemed with shady characters out for a quick buck and a good time before disappearing to another cow town ripe for the plucking. Like everyone who headed out West, these rascals sought a better life--without having to work too hard for it. The true tales of their cunning and larceny, and their eventual comeuppance, make for riveting reading.... Read about: - Death Valley Scotty, who conned millionaires into investing in his imaginary gold mines! - Ned Buntline, best-selling author, womanizer, inebriated Temperance leader, and lynching survivor! - James Addison Peralta-Reavis who claimed 12-million acres of Arizona and New Mexico under his Old Spanish Land Grant! - Mary Gleim, Missoula's Wickedest Woman, who murdered rivals, attacked priests, and cheated her prostitutes out of their wages! - Clark Stanley, self-proclaimed "Rattle-Snake King," whose Snake Oil was nothing more than mineral oil! - George H. Devol, King of the Riverboat Gamblers, who liked a good fight as much as he liked a stacked deck! - And many, many more! Matthew P. Mayo is a Spur Award-winning writer whose many books include the novels Winters' War; Wrong Town; Hot Lead, Cold Heart; Dead Man's Ranch; Tucker's Reckoning; The Hunted, and many others. His non-fiction works include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers; Haunted Old West; Jerks in New England History, and more. He roves the highways and byways of North America with his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, in search of high adventure, hot coffee, and tasty whiskey. Visit him on the Web at www.matthewmayo.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Matthew P. Mayo is a Spur Award-winning and Peacemaker Award-nominated writer whose novels include the Westerns Winters' War; Wrong Town; Hot Lead, Cold Heart; and Dead Man's Ranch. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; and Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers (all Globe Pequot Press). He travels the west researching and writing with his photographer wife, Jennifer Smith-Mayo. Their home base is Box Elder, South Dakota. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 5514 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Print length : 320 pages
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Publisher : TwoDot; Illustrated edition (4 August 2015)
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • ASIN : B011BAJ6FW
  • Language: : English
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