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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. (Mar.)
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*Starred Review* Who's scamming whom? That's a persistent question in Con Ed. Once-rich con-man Kip Largo is going straight, living small, and making $10 per hour in a dry-cleaning store after doing eight years for wire fraud. Life is dull, but Kip wants it that way, until his son Toby shows up, on the run from the Russian Mob. Kip needs a big score to save Toby, and a timely proposal from the stunning young wife of a dangerous Las Vegas casino owner provides him with a target for a grand scam. Con Ed is a brisk, clever, and charming page-turner. Most chapters begin with a short lesson on the art of the con, and the whole book is full of knowledgeable observations on the culture of Silicon Valley, e.g., the very best programmers, "code Marines," are freelancers who have agents to negotiate their contracts. Kip, who is conflicted about his relationship with his con-man father, his failed marriage, and his concern for his wastrel son, 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. Thomas Gaughan
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Ever wondered if you could pull off a "con" or avoid being "conned"?
Sure, you have. But did you take the time to learn the trade so you could use or avoid it when the... Read more
So imagine yourself at a buffet. You love cake, so you pick 4 different ones, sit down, and begin eating. Boy, that first cake is good...and surely you get my drift. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ken C.
Bought this on audio CD (unabridged version). Found it to be very entertaining. Like all books of this nature the twists are what keep the story interesting. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by The Weasel
Well written page-turner as ex-con, conman Kip Largo tries to help his wastrel son get out of a jam with some organized crime leg-breakers. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Watson McFestus
If you like movies that involve con games, you're going to love this book. The writing is terrific; it's a little like Elmore Leonard, a little like Robert Crais, and a little... Read morePublished on March 25, 2008 by N. Bilmes
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I couldn't wait to start reading where I left off to continue the ride. The con within a con within a con was great! Read morePublished on February 21, 2008 by K. Rogers
You're familiar with those Russian nested dolls, aren't you? You open one up and there is another one nested inside, and on it goes. Well that's sort of how this story goes. Read morePublished on February 4, 2008 by Bucherwurm
This is by far the best book I have ever read. I am an extreme horror enthusiast and have never really read a novel like this. Read morePublished on January 20, 2008 by Tom Roy
I read several books a week - of those books at least one is purely for entertainment. I love books on "the con". King Con is one of my favorites. Read morePublished on December 25, 2007 by Woon Socket