"Yeah, I Meant To Do That," by Mat Coward, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2021.
This is the sixth appearance in my column by Mat Coward, who writes very funny stories. Here is how this one begins:
"At some point you're going to have to grab everything and run. And the chances are, when that happens, you'll be wearing duck feet and a blindfold and trying to carry twenty thousand pounds in coins in a wet paper sack."
How's that for an arresting image? These words of wisdom are spoken by Barber, an aging con man trying to educate a group of proteges. They want his help in scamming a bad guy named Spencer who has gotten rich on ripping off people in trouble.
Barber has a cunning plan, if he can trust his new friends to carry it out correctly. Ah, but can con men ever trust each other? This one is a treat.