Hailman gathers colorful exploits of eccentric modern criminals from William Faulkner's Mississippi, where savvy victims often outwit their criminal perpetrators. Characters range from rich but incompetent drug lords and nationwide gun-runners to bumbling Dixie Mafia kidnappers. The book ends with "Fancy Frauds" in which ingenious con men (and women) offer hilarious but surprisingly sophisticated "special deals" on tax-free gold mines in Mexico and bargain (but bogus) Viagra. Chapters include "Guns, Bombs, and Moonshine Whiskey," "Drug Kingpins Have Troubles Too," "Crime Victims Fight Back," "Mere Theft," and "Fancy Frauds." Written to entertain and enlighten, these stories will delight any fan of the true crime genre and anyone who enjoys good writing and the skill of a master storyteller.
So why do good things happen to bad people? Maybe a certain number of baddies are simply going to get their share of good luck. Maybe the devil is running the universe and he or she likes pleasing his or her favorites. Maybe God is playing a joke on bad people by rewarding them on earth and then punishing them in an afterlife. Or maybe Edmund Burke was on the right track when he said, All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. For evil to triumph less, it follows that good people need to do somethinglike exposing wickedness when they are confronted with it. As the saying goes: "Sunshine is the best disinfectant.