Joe Gores. Cons, Scams & Grifts (2001) 324 pp.
In Southern California, Ephrem Poteet—inside a bear costume—performs
a dance routine while also pick-pocketing his audience. However, someone
must have hated his act because the gypsy performer is murdered. The police
and the Muchwaya Nation of Gypsies believe that the victim’s wife Yana
killed him after an ugly incident in San Francisco, but she seems to have
vanished. In San Francisco, the Dan Kearney Associates (DKA) are very busy
in a street war with the owners of cars that need repossessing. In spite
of the workload, the employer of this sleaze group Dan Kearney agrees to
help the Muchwaya Nation locate Yana.