Moderate reading wear to covers and page edges. A decent reading copy.
From the Publisher
Meet George Appo, pickpocket, con man, mayor of underworld New York
in the late nineteenth century.
In George Appo''s world, child pickpockets swarmed the crowded
streets, addicts drifted in furtive opium dens, and expert
swindlers worked the lucrative green-goods game. On a good night
Appo made as much as a skilled laborer made in a year. Bad nights
left him with more than a dozen scars and over a decade in prisons
from the Tombs and Sing Sing to the Matteawan State Hospital for
the Criminally Insane, where he reunited with another inmate, his
father. The child of Irish and Chinese immigrants, Appo grew up in
the notorious Five Points and Chinatown neighborhoods. He rose as
an exemplar of the "good fellow," a criminal who relied on wile,
who followed a code of loyalty even in his world of deception. Here
is the underworld of the New York that gave us Edith Wharton, Boss
Tweed, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge. 60 illustrations.