While taking a ferry ride through the New York harbor, Mike observes a young woman sobbing. He learns that she's been victimized by a carnival con artist who charges steep fees to enter a rigged talent contest. After Mike tries to intervene, the con artist is found murdered and the District Attorney can't decide if Mike or his pretty client makes the best suspect. Written by
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In carny talk, it was called "the flesh grift". A new town, a new contest, every few days. The losers were too embarrassed to complain and the take ran into a reasonable figure each week. I had suspected the way it operated, but now that I was sure, I was ready for my talk with Robert Stewart.