I've recently finished a novella and it's one of the first that I don't instantly hate. It's about a pair of con men, its well researched and includes a fair amount of grifter slang with the intention of setting a certain tone for the sotry. I've passed this draft to a friend to read and give me feedback, while not everything I write is really aimed at this kind of person (or age group) they keep an open mind and usaully give me positive feedback. (that's why they always read my stuff first, to give me an easy first reader). On this occasion though they were less than enthusiastic and one of the main reasons seems to be the use of slang They said that the they didn't understand a lot of the slang/'grifter talk' in the book and felt it was confusing. It's not an easy problem as finding a way for a character to clarify words they would naturally use feels false and removing this language altogether takes away from the feeling and tone of the story. At the same time, if the language is an obsticle in the story-telling, then that's not good either. When I started writing this story I felt that the lingo would only add to this exciting and strange world of grifting and give it some weight but after my friends comments I'm not so sure. So over to you fellow writers, what do you think? What advise would you give?