Sunday, 29 June 2008

Book ~ "Con Ed" (2007) Matthew Klein

From ~ At the start of Klein's amusing debut, one-time con man Kip Largo, who's been working at a dry cleaner since completing an eight-year stretch in prison for fraud, is intrigued when the gorgeous wife of Silicon Valley billionaire Edward Napier asks him to help her steal her husband's money, but not intrigued enough to follow through — at least not until he discovers that his not-bright son, Toby, owes several hundred thousand dollars to the Russian mob. Deciding that this is his chance to finally do right by his family, Kip sets about organizing a large-scale swindle to lure in Napier, all too aware that if he fails to pull it off, he and Toby (and the con's other participants) will all be killed. While the plot and characters tend to be by the numbers, the author's background information on how cons work is enormously entertaining.

I was going to give up on this book after the first couple chapters but I'm glad I didn't as I enjoyed it.

It was interesting to watch the con unfold, though I wasn't crazy about the ending, but I suspected it was coming.

Definitely worth checking out.


Blog said...

I've heard of this book! Thanks for the reco, Teen! :)

Andi said...

I see that you have a Blog-O-Versary coming up. I hope that blogging has made you happy. :-)

Michele sent me. My Blogoversary is next month. :-)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I read so little these days, I probably won't read this book....I can barely get to the books I honestly DO want to read. I'm not sure what that is, but it is the way of things at this time.