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Violet Winters is a professional thief. She is as cool as her job title. For her plan to succeed, Violet surrounds herself with the best. We follow the leader as she hires the members of her team one after the other. Every one of them has a special ability. I liked to think of them as the fingers of the same hand. I found the way Violet gathered each of them to be particularly clever. By the time she reunited them all, I had found my favorites and was eager to see them at work. I loved the idea of a team of thieves working together and I was pleasantly surprised not to be bothered each character had a bit of a cliché attached to them; the driver, the computer whiz, the conman, the muscle, and the mastermind. Still, the author manages to add a splash of originality in all of them, which gives you the feeling of knowing them while getting the opportunity to be surprised by them. Add a mix of humor and a strong team spirit, and you have me rooting for the thieves!
Violet is dangerously good at what she does. Everyone can come up with plans, but few can master the art of the perfect plan. We are never given all the cards, still we are not left in the dark. The heist’s plans are revealed, the details of what happened in the past are given. We get to see everyone in action as events slip from Violet’s control and force them to act under pressure. I really enjoyed how every member of the team proved to be essential to the success of the mission. I should use the plural, because contrary to my assumption, stealing a single painting takes more than one big plan! When the news of Violet’s return spread, her ex-boyfriend gets in the way. But the biggest obstacle between the team and the painting is a tiny gangster with no limits. Meeting Big Terry was a huge surprise. I usually don’t care much for the bad guys, but I am definitely intrigued by the colossal villain that Adam Maxwell created.
The Dali Deception is an unputdownable steady-paced novel that delivers on everything you want and more. The tension slowly builds as every page takes you a little closer to the big day. With his novel, Adam Maxwell shows his readers that stealing is an art.
The Dali Deception was an enjoyable heist novel. Violet is the gang leader and pulls together a team to switch a valuable blank Dali canvas for a fake. Zoe is the gadget, techno computer geek. Barry is the wheelman and vehicle provider. Lucas is a con artist and Katie an intimidating set of muscles.
There’s some great moments of humour throughout the book, none more so than when Violet recruits Lucas to her enterprise, interrupting his latest con and on the fly, helping him sell it to his marks. Violet reads Lucas like a book.
Comedy, action, a set of characters each with their own quirks, a decent plot which sort of sounds absurd, but in the author’s hands isn’t. There’s also a revenge motive in the background as Violet in returning to Kilchester will surely come to the attention of her violent double-crossing ex-boyfriend – the cause of her previous departure from the town. There’s another scene of comedy gold when the pair meet up discuss the failings in their previous relationship, Percy struggling to remember the name of the girl he strung Violet over for.
Chuck into the mix, the town’s psychopathic crime lord – Big Terry – actually a midget and the outcome for the gang gets a bit more precarious. Especially as you’re never quite sure if the whole team are pulling together, or whether one of them has a separate agenda.
Enjoyable and definitely an author I would read more from in the future.
4 from 5 (I did have a slight pause at one of the elements in our showdown, seemed a wee bit too convenient for me.)
He was kind enough to send me a copy of this for an honest review.
Read August, 2016
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