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Matchstick Men: A Novel about Grifters with Issues

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The inspiration behind Ridley Scotts new movie—starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell—by the acclaimed cult author of Anonymous Rex

Roy and Frankie are matchstick men—con artists. Partners in elegant crimes for years, they know each other like brothers and have perfected the rules of the game. Roy is the careful one, saves every penny. Frankie is the adventurous one, hungry for a big score. He wants Roy to join him in running a tricky game, but Roy is distracted by the discovery that he is the father of a punky teenage daughter from a brief marriage that ended years ago. The kid wants to get to know her father. She also wants to learn the family business. Novelist Eric Garcia takes readers into the fast and funny world of grifters with issues. Matchstick Men is a dazzling literary con game that will keep readers guessing until the last page.

Review:

"A very entertaining book....It is Eric Garcia who is the master flimflam man....[His novels] share a wild imagination translated in a wry, no-fat writing style....Matchstick Men fires up the fun, but [this] con man novel is also complex." USA Today

Review:

"[S]tylish but somewhat hollow....[I]ngeniously plotted (the ending is a real surprise), though the scams themselves aren't as clever as one might hope....[T]here's some crackling dialogue, but these bad guys don't quite gel into memorable characters." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Eric Garcia proves himself an expert at the art of the con." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A] straightforward variation on The Sting that combines elements of The Odd Couple and Paper Moon to create what could be [Garcia's] breakout book....By the time the final con is played, we recognize that we're in the hands of yet another master of 'the game.'" Library Journal

Review:

"Alert readers will guess what's up by page 50, but the fun is in watching Roy figure it out....He's a compelling character, and it's only slightly distracting to be unable to visualize him as anyone but Nicolas Cage. The immediacy of Roy's present-tense narration drags you right into his head and keeps you there as the tale unfolds..." Becky Ohlsen, BookPage

Review:

"Eric Garcia pulls off a nifty con game of his own....[A]n elaborate shell game...it's the most dexterous sleight-of-hand since Kevin Spacey strolled out of a police station in The Usual Suspects." The Boston Globe

Review:

"The best thing about this screenplay masquerading as a novel is its denouement....The surprises that attend every page of the last section are earned and satisfying. We can only hope that the movie does this thin, but entertaining book justice. (Grade: B)" Chip Rhodes, Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Matchstick Men reads like a screenplay; all dialogue, no setting. The characters are almost transparent, as if they are simply disembodied voices. Moreover, the big con...is so predictable that I correctly guessed the outcome halfway through the book....This isn't a novel; it's a preview." Phil Busse, The Portland Mercury

Review:

"After the first of Eric Garcia's Rex books, I found myself thinking, 'I wonder what he's up to now.' After Matchstick Men, a lot of other people will begin wondering, too." Thomas Perry, author of Pursuit

About the Author

Eric Garcia grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended Cornell University and the University of Southern California, where he majored in creative writing and film. He lives outside Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and dachshund, and is currently at work on Hot and Sweaty Rex, the third novel in his acclaimed series about dinosaur detective Vincent Rubio. He is also developing a series for the Sci Fi channel based on the Rex novels.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812968217
Subtitle:
A Novel About Grifters with Issues
Author:
Garcia, Eric
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Swindlers and swindling
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Random House Trade Paperback ed.
Series Volume:
GTR-135
Publication Date:
July 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.08x5.16x.52 in. .39 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812968217 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A very entertaining book....It is Eric Garcia who is the master flimflam man....[His novels] share a wild imagination translated in a wry, no-fat writing style....Matchstick Men fires up the fun, but [this] con man novel is also complex."
"Review" by , "[S]tylish but somewhat hollow....[I]ngeniously plotted (the ending is a real surprise), though the scams themselves aren't as clever as one might hope....[T]here's some crackling dialogue, but these bad guys don't quite gel into memorable characters."
"Review" by , "Eric Garcia proves himself an expert at the art of the con."
"Review" by , "[A] straightforward variation on The Sting that combines elements of The Odd Couple and Paper Moon to create what could be [Garcia's] breakout book....By the time the final con is played, we recognize that we're in the hands of yet another master of 'the game.'"
"Review" by , "Alert readers will guess what's up by page 50, but the fun is in watching Roy figure it out....He's a compelling character, and it's only slightly distracting to be unable to visualize him as anyone but Nicolas Cage. The immediacy of Roy's present-tense narration drags you right into his head and keeps you there as the tale unfolds..."
"Review" by , "Eric Garcia pulls off a nifty con game of his own....[A]n elaborate shell game...it's the most dexterous sleight-of-hand since Kevin Spacey strolled out of a police station in The Usual Suspects."
"Review" by , "The best thing about this screenplay masquerading as a novel is its denouement....The surprises that attend every page of the last section are earned and satisfying. We can only hope that the movie does this thin, but entertaining book justice. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "Matchstick Men reads like a screenplay; all dialogue, no setting. The characters are almost transparent, as if they are simply disembodied voices. Moreover, the big con...is so predictable that I correctly guessed the outcome halfway through the book....This isn't a novel; it's a preview."
"Review" by , "After the first of Eric Garcia's Rex books, I found myself thinking, 'I wonder what he's up to now.' After Matchstick Men, a lot of other people will begin wondering, too."
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