Indianapolis / New York: Bobbs-Merrill, (1940).
First edition. Endpapers negligibly foxed, still easily fine in a bright and attractive, near fine dustwrapper with a moderate-sized accordion tear (which has been flattened) on the rear panel. A fascinating and exceptionally uncommon non-fiction account of con-men, and the definitive work on the subject. It was the primary reference used by David S. Ward for his original screenplay for the film The Sting. Maurer managed to effect a settlement with the studio when he showed that a single line from the book was identical to one of the stage directions. An important antecedent to one of the best films of the past few decades. The 1973 George Roy Hill-directed film featuring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay. Scarce in jacket.