The best part of this publication is its title, "Making Crime Pay"; it picked my curiousity enough to make me order it.
The book talks about break-ins and robberies; one illustration is a successful hold-up of some backwoods restaurant. It doesn't touch an important question: to whom such a crime will pay? Let me answer it: to the cops, the prosecutors, the attorneys, the judge, the politicians, the prison builders/managers/guards, the insurance people, even the restaurant owner with his inflated insurance claim. They will all get thousands of dollars, as opposed to the puny $500-$800 heist. The two restaurant robbers will make everyone more money than for themselves; in CIA lingo, they are the "useful idiots".
If you want to see some real criminals who know how to make crime pay, examine the CEOs of Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia, Tyco, Andersen Consulting. The CIA, with its drug trafficking. The Taft administration. The McKinley administration. The Bush familiy's Iran-Contra, S&L robbery, and other recurring plunders of the Treasury. These people took BILLIONS of dollars with nary a legal slap on the wrist; as a matter of fact, the cops are kowtowing to them. NOW you're talking successful criminals! To steal and rob with impunity, you either need to have political power, or to be in its service. The only reason political power exists for is to provide criminals with impunity; it has no other purpose on Earth. The book doesn't even touch this.
A useful revelation in "Making Crime Pay" is that you are unlikely to get a fair treatment in the courts as a defendant if you are unable to hire your own lawyer. This is true, but this had been said already by prominent attorneys, criminologists and sociologists themselves. It was even confirmed with research statistics. Ah well, one more unusual book I read in the car while my lady was shopping. It offered a glance into the throughts of a small fry felon, the "useful idiot", while shining no lights onto the mindset of major criminals like Dick Cheney. For something like the latter, you'll need Al Martin's "The Conspirators".