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CRIMINAL SLANG: THE VERNACULAR OF THE UNDERWORLD LINGO. REVISED EDITION.

Monteleone, Vincent J.


Item #: 3139

Pages: 292p.
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2003.

Subjects: CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, DICTIONARIES

Monteleone compiled this collection of words and phrasesused by the "gangster, tramp or hobo" over the course of acareer that spanned the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Bothinstructive and amusing, it contains hundreds of entriesrelating to criminal matters of the time, such as "Academy"(a Jail), "Across the River" (dead), "Grease the Track" (tofall under a moving train), "Looseners" (prunes), "Sprinklethe Flowers" (to distribute the bribes), "Sue Bowel" (AChinese opium den), "Write Short Stories" (to forge checks)and "Zib" (an easy victim). Also includes a table of hobocode symbols. A fascinating addition to any criminal lawhistory library or collection, this book will likely beperused often.Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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