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Publisher Comments:

?Keep in mind: This is a story about a con. In a con, everyone takes part in a play. And everyone knows it is a play, except for one man. The thing you want to make sure is that the man is not you...?Here's the setup. A blonde in shades walks into a bar. Spots this hustler who's trying to stay out of the game. Tells him she has a slap-happy billionaire husband and a big score in her pretty little head. All the hustler has to do is what he does best: lie, cheat, fake, and steal ? and watch both the money and the girl fall into his lap.Trouble is, the hustler has pulled every con in the book, and he instinctively knows this: The blonde can?t just be a beautiful blonde, the score can?t just be a score, and the big bad husband has to have an angle of his own. Most of all, Kip Largo has serious suspicions about himself. After all, he's just gotten out of prison and isn?t interested in going back.But for a man who was born the son of a grifter and now lives in a Palo Alto apartment whose carpeting was last changed when Eisenhower was president, the blonde in the bar bit is starting to look too good to pass up. Then, as in any good con, the pot gets sweetened - and the incentives rise - when Kip's son shows up with a story about a big gambling debt to the Russian mob. Now Kip is going all-in, doubts and all. He?ll call in old favors from everyone from a porn princess to a slightly bent computer nerd. All because that blonde, her husband's billions, and a strange racket called fatherhood have convinced Kip that he might just be smart, skilled, and lucky enough to walk away with a fortune. Or not.

Review:

"That voice! It sounds so... familiar, somehow. Dietz is best known as a voiceover artist, so hearing him read Klein's comic novel of con and countercon will jog vague memories of movie trailers and commercials half-buried in the deepest recesses of memory. Dietz has fun with the world-weary cadences of longtime hustler Kip Largo, an ex-convict who's seen every trick in the book and still gets himself snarled in what may be the biggest con of all. The only downside is that Dietz has decided to read every female character as a breathy, simpering buffoon — a questionable aesthetic choice that interrupts the flow of the reading each time a woman appears. The remainder of the novel trots along at a brisk clip, and Dietz ambles along right next to it, hardly breaking a sweat. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 8)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'That voice! It sounds so... familiar, somehow. Dietz is best known as a voiceover artist, so hearing him read Klein's comic novel of con and countercon will jog vague memories of movie trailers and commercials half-buried in the deepest recesses of memory. Dietz has fun with the world-weary cadences of longtime hustler Kip Largo, an ex-convict who's seen every trick in the book and still gets himself snarled in what may be the biggest con of all. The only downside is that Dietz has decided to read every female character as a breathy, simpering buffoon — a questionable aesthetic choice that interrupts the flow of the reading each time a woman appears. The remainder of the novel trots along at a brisk clip, and Dietz ambles along right next to it, hardly breaking a sweat. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 8).' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A propulsive, noirish tale, as well as a smart allegory on the false promise of the Internet bubble." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"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)

Review:

"[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

Review:

"Really great book. Honest." Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"...Matthew Klein's Con Ed is such a guilty pleasure....[C]omplicated, funny and highly engaging, and the payoff is a doozy." USA Today

Synopsis:

Darkly comic, this debut novel is about the world's greatest con man (before he got busted), the con man's son (who's in debt to the Russian mob), and a billionaire's beautiful wife (who's got an evil plan). Unabridged. 7 CDs.

Synopsis:

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 he meets Lauren Napier, beautiful wife of billionaire Ed Napier. Lauren's got a problem: She wants to leave Ed, but she won't get squat in a divorce. She proposes that Kip steal the money, and she offers 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 twenty-something son, whom he hasn't seen in years, on his couch. 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 would like to help, but his monthly gross from the website generally tops out at twelve bucks. 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. Kip 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 Kip doesn't know who's conning whomand if he doesn't figure it out, his life could be the ultimate failed con.

About the Author

Matthew Klein lives in Rye Brook, New York. Con Ed is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781423331322
Author:
Klein, Matthew
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Read by:
Dietz, Norman
Read:
Dietz, Norman
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
7.05x5.08x1.47 in. .42 lbs.
Media Run Time:
540

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Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "That voice! It sounds so... familiar, somehow. Dietz is best known as a voiceover artist, so hearing him read Klein's comic novel of con and countercon will jog vague memories of movie trailers and commercials half-buried in the deepest recesses of memory. Dietz has fun with the world-weary cadences of longtime hustler Kip Largo, an ex-convict who's seen every trick in the book and still gets himself snarled in what may be the biggest con of all. The only downside is that Dietz has decided to read every female character as a breathy, simpering buffoon — a questionable aesthetic choice that interrupts the flow of the reading each time a woman appears. The remainder of the novel trots along at a brisk clip, and Dietz ambles along right next to it, hardly breaking a sweat. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 8)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'That voice! It sounds so... familiar, somehow. Dietz is best known as a voiceover artist, so hearing him read Klein's comic novel of con and countercon will jog vague memories of movie trailers and commercials half-buried in the deepest recesses of memory. Dietz has fun with the world-weary cadences of longtime hustler Kip Largo, an ex-convict who's seen every trick in the book and still gets himself snarled in what may be the biggest con of all. The only downside is that Dietz has decided to read every female character as a breathy, simpering buffoon — a questionable aesthetic choice that interrupts the flow of the reading each time a woman appears. The remainder of the novel trots along at a brisk clip, and Dietz ambles along right next to it, hardly breaking a sweat. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 8).' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A propulsive, noirish tale, as well as a smart allegory on the false promise of the Internet bubble."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "Really great book. Honest."
"Review" by , "Smart, crisp, charming. Matthew Klein's irresistible first novel makes you feel like an insider to the grift."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "...Matthew Klein's Con Ed is such a guilty pleasure....[C]omplicated, funny and highly engaging, and the payoff is a doozy."
"Synopsis" by , Darkly comic, this debut novel is about the world's greatest con man (before he got busted), the con man's son (who's in debt to the Russian mob), and a billionaire's beautiful wife (who's got an evil plan). Unabridged. 7 CDs.
"Synopsis" by , 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 he meets Lauren Napier, beautiful wife of billionaire Ed Napier. Lauren's got a problem: She wants to leave Ed, but she won't get squat in a divorce. She proposes that Kip steal the money, and she offers 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 twenty-something son, whom he hasn't seen in years, on his couch. 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 would like to help, but his monthly gross from the website generally tops out at twelve bucks. 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. Kip 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 Kip doesn't know who's conning whomand if he doesn't figure it out, his life could be the ultimate failed con.

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