Sunday, August 7, 2011

Book & Media List: Cons & Heists

Cons & Heists:
One of my favorite shows on TV right now is Leverage, a story of a thief, a hitter, a hacker, a grifter and a mastermind who con and steal from the bad guys and give back to the mistreated everyman (watch it - it's awesome!). It made me wonder, what books are like it?

Movies and TVs
Ocean’s Eleven (1960), Ocean’s 11 (2001), Ocean’s 12 (2004), Ocean’s 13 (2007)
Italian Job (1969 & 2003)
The Sting (1973)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 & 1999)
The Usual Suspects (1995) - thanks to Mike for the recommendation!
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
The Brothers Bloom (2008) - thanks to Mike for the recommendation; I can't believe I didn't think of this one, since I loved it so much!
Leverage (TV show 2008-present)
White Collar (TV show 2009-present)

Children, Tween, and Young Adult
Heist Society, Ally Carter (book 1 in Heist Society series, 2 books published)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
The Thief (The Queens Thief #1), Megan Whalen Turner
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1), Eoin Colfer
The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley
Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (Montmorency #1), Eleanor Updale
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, Jonathan Auxier
The Good Thief, Hannah Tinti

The Gambler, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sting, Robert Weverka
The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
Robin Hood, Alexandre Dumas
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief (Arsène Lupin #1), Maurice Leblanc

The Grifters, Jim Thompson
The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith (book 1 in 5 book series)
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (book 1 of The Gentleman Bastard, 2 books published, at least 3 more expected)
The Grift, Debra Ginsberg
City of Thieves, David Benioff
White Cat (Curse Workers #1), Holly Black
Baudolino, Umberto Eco

Non Fiction/True Crime
Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man, David Maurer

Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam, Pope Brock
A Pickpocket’s Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York, Timothy Gilfoyle
A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes and Frauds, Michael Farquhar

The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century, Edward Dolnick
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts, Julian Rubinstein

1 comment:

  1. Very happy to see Lies of Locke Lamora on here! I'd suggest The Usual Suspects and Brothers Bloom for movies & tv, though.