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Con Edby Matthew Klein
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Kip Largo was once the world's greatest con man. Then he got busted. And spent eight years in jail. And lost his family. And lost everything except his crummy apartment and sense of humor. Now he spends his days working at a third-rate dry cleaner and maintaining a fourth-rate website. But hey, it's an honest living.
Then one day he meets Lauren Napier, beautiful wife of billionaire Ed Napier. Lauren's got a problem. She wants to leave Ed, but doesn't get squat in a divorce. She wants Kip to steal the money. She wants to pay him handsomely for his services. Kip's many things, but dumb isn't one of them. He knows that when a beautiful woman wants something from you, the only thing you're gonna get in return is trouble. So he makes the smart choice and walks away. But then things get complicated.
Kip comes home one day to find his son on his couch. Kip hasn't seen his son in years. Guess what — his son owes money to the Russian Mob. Kip can't say he saw that coming. And his son is short, well, the whole amount. Kip's monthly gross from the website generally tops out at twelve bucks. And suddenly Lauren's proposal isn't looking half bad.
This is Kip's chance to start over, to save his son, to afford a brand new life. But Kips knows that in any heist things never go as planned, and if you don't improvise you'll be caught faster than a one-legged bank robber. But suddenly Kip doesn't know who's conning who — and if he doesn't figure it out, his life could be the ultimate failed con.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Con Ed is distinguished from countless routine books in its genre by the other kinds of elements that Kip's scheme requires....
"Sharp as a razor, witty as a late-night host, Matthew Klein's ex-con con artist Kip Largo is that favorite uncle you want to spend a long afternoon in the bar with. Just look out for who ends up paying the tab. Con Ed is a book you won't put down until the last punch line is thrown." Jonathon King, author of The Blue Edge of Midnight
"A propulsive, noirish tale, as well as a smart allegory on the false promise of the Internet bubble." Kirkus Reviews
"Kip...is a wonderful character who ruminates on his fated return to crime in vaguely Buddhist terms. Con Ed is a winner, and crime fans should remember the name Matthew Klein." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Con Ed is set just before the dot-com bubble burst, and here Klein, who founded three tech companies, clearly knows his stuff....How Kip talks about himself and his cons makes a fairly common story line into something that is always entertaining and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
"...Matthew Klein's Con Ed is such a guilty pleasure....
"Smart, crisp, charming. Matthew Klein's irresistible first novel makes you feel like an insider to the grift." Alafair Burke, author of Judgment Calls and Close Case
"Really great book. Honest." Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels
"[T]here are enough twists and turns in this story to keep the reader firmly engaged and totally surprised at the end....Con Ed is slick, clever, and thoroughly entertaining." Library Journal
About the Author
Matthew Klein lives in Rye Brook, New York. Con Ed is his first novel.
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