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Trick Baby
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2007
Ice Berg Slim is a true master of the word. His dialogue is dazzling. His cast so real you can almost touch them. "Pimp" is the book to start with, but Trick Baby is just as good and stands alone as a brilliant example of American writing.

Trick Baby is a term used for the offspring of a black prostitute who has given birth to a baby who is half white. The baby of a white John (client of the prostitute) is considered a trick baby. Half black. Half white.

After his mother is gang raped and put into a secure mental hospital, White Folks (trick baby) falls into the company of Blue, a grifter con-man who teaches Folks the art of Con. How to hustle for money in downtown Chicago. Folks has an advantage as he looks like a peckerwood (white man) Blue and Folks play the con and earn lots of money on the grifter circuit.

They play to close to danger and the con catches up with them.

Quote from Trick Baby. Folks and Blue talk about religion.

Blue: "My conviction is that God never existed. I believe the Bible was written by the slickest bunch of peckerwood grifters that ever crapped between two sandals" .... Brilliant!

Read this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 1999
After reading Iceberg Slim's autobiographical "Pimp" I couldn't wait to read more. Trick Baby, set in Chicago in the 30's tells the story of Whitefolks and his mentor Blue as two conmen trying to survive. What I found remarkable about this book and others written by Slim is the sheer honesty that comes from each page. He deals with subjects neglected by almost everybody else in the U.S. His books are of major importance and deserve to be read by a much wider audience.
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on 23 April 2013
Still havent finished it but seems great so far - reading it on kindle for android (HTC phone). Very descriptive and graphic. Gives you a great feel for the life of a hustler in the early half of the 20th century.

i would also highly recommend the audiobook of iceberg slim. Between the two you can really hear Iceberg talking to you.

Lex
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on 22 June 2012
Brilliant book and a must read, once you've read Pimp. Iceburg Slims first book as this is a follow on.
A great view in to a social history and sideways look at racism in the US in the 1940/50's.
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on 25 July 2014
Takes a couple of pages to get used to the language but once your in your in!! Amazing book. Going to start reading "pimp" iceberg slim's life story next. Can't wait.
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on 22 April 2015
Outstanding brutal truth, highly recommend
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on 6 September 2014
Everything was fine.
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on 8 February 2015
Fascinating Book
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