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THE GRIFTERS is a novel published in 1963. The book inspired the director Stephen Frears in 1990.
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Los Angeles. Roy Dillon is a professional con man who's on the verge of making important decisions. What will he do with his life? Will he go on hustling on a more important scale in the company of Moira, his no-good girlfriend who seems still not to be aware of his activities or will he accept the promotion he's just been offered in the company he's working in and marry the nurse Carol, a naive young woman who's taken care of him while at the hospital? It's a hard choice for Roy who, furthermore, has to deal with Lili, his mother who's just reappeared after years of silence. LilÓ is also a gambler working for the mob of the East Coast and she doesn't appreciate Moira at all.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals stealing from other criminals    -   conman stealing/fraud    -   criminal becomes sensitive Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   gambler Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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