She then wondered if he was from Chicago; he seemed to capture the ethos of that city. She-who-must-be-obeyed is a native New Yorker.
Well, I hadn't noticed. He is a hustler of a sort, so I - being incredibly ancient - think of Sammy Glick in What Makes Sammy Run? I think of New York types. Then I wonder what is the shading of hustling that slides from New York into a Chicago hustle?
I am wondering and feeling my way around, so I cut to the chase: whom do I know Hustler-wise in New York? Who is the basic paradigmatic New York hustler? Deal-maker?
I immediately think of two New York hustlers: