The Old Man, it seems, was a hustler from the beginning, always on the lookout, even during his navy days, for ways to bring a few extra bucks home to his family. The family, after the San Diego housing market crash crushed its real estate business, moved to Las Vegas where the elder Harrison opened a “gold and silver shop.” Rick, largely a self-educated man, suffered from epilepsy as a teen and was a serious drug abuser. Corey (Big Hoss) one-upped his father when it came to drug addiction, and he is lucky to be alive. Even Chumlee was heavily involved with drugs at one time – but he wised up long before Corey did. Although Rick tells most of the story, his father, son, and Chumlee each get a chapter of their own to personalize their individual experiences. And, in frank detail, that is exactly what they do.
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Perhaps most interesting are Rick’s accounts of how the business and the television show actually work. He includes numerous stories reminiscent of the show about some of the most interesting customers and deals that he has seen over the years. Pawn Stars fans will certainly enjoy the stories but might be surprised to learn how much things have changed for the guys since the show became such a hit. (Hint: huge crowds, combined with limited floor space, do cause problems.)
Like so many first-person narratives of this type, License to Pawn has more the feel of a transcribed and edited tape recording than of a written narrative. But, as is often the case, the style works perfectly for those whose voices and deliveries are as familiar to readers as those belonging to the Pawn Stars cast. No, this is not great literature, but is fun - especially for fans unlikely ever to get any closer to the Gold and Silver than the pages of this book.