Even though I am told it is difficult to do, I enjoy writing fiction from a first person point of view. I'm told it restricts a novel. I find it is easy and lots of fun and as liberating as all get out - once you accept the boundaries. I think of it as akin to writing a sonnet. The form will set you free.
So, I am a sucker for these little slices of being told, by the person doing the doing, how they do things. This article gives a glimpse of how a professional pickpocket picks his victims and how he plies his trade. He seems a cheerful sort. Just don't ask him to dine.
Oddly I recently finished a chapter in my Thriller where two "bad guys" were exchanging a "package" in a New York restaurant. They had a far more difficult time of it than this chappie. [DE]
prison cell, Creative Commons
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A Thief Tells How He Steals, and Where He Likes to Eat
The end came outside a chicken-wing joint in the Bronx in late May.Cory Christopher, waiting for his order, looked out to see a van filled with plainclothes passengers looking right back.
That he was being arrested for grand larceny was basically a foregone conclusion. The question was, which one? How many did they know about? Turns out, a lot, which is how Mr. Christopher, 39, ended up in the Manhattan Detention Complex, known as the Tombs. He says he believes he has been over-charged, but he is cooperating with the prosecution.
In an interview in the Tombs this week, Mr. Christopher offered an inside look into his specialty: picking wallets out of women’s purses in crowded bars and quickly putting them to use.
“We go shopping,” he said.