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Con Game (License To Lie Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 29, 2014
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A gripping fast-paced read, with characters you will want to see again and again! --Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Broken Glass
About the Author
Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who now writes mysteries and thrillers, a column about real-life scams and cons, and profiles authors ranging from those who are publishing their first book to international bestsellers. His debut mystery “Photo Finish” was a 2013 San Diego Book Awards Finalist.
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She thought she couldn’t live with his values, but it appears she can’t live without him either.
Roxy swallows her regrets about their ongoing argument regarding her lifestyle.
Skip recovers from his head wound, inflicted by his nemesis, Joey Santino. He wants to catch Santino, but he needs to protect Roxy from herself. That con she was working with Anita went all kinds of sideways and a man died.
As this pair comes to grips with their past and solves a crime in the present, they question the likelihood of a future together.
Terry Ambrose’s second installation in his License to Lies series picks up speed as it goes along. His characters ring with authenticity. Skip is dogged, honorable, and relentless in his quest for the truth. Roxie is the quintessential bad girl making amends. The result? A great story to dive into.
I enjoyed Con Game very much. It was an intriguing and engaging story. The chapters switch back-and-forth between the two main protagonists, Roxy Tanner and Skip Cosgrove. I'm sure this was a device meant to keep up the suspense but often-times I found myself wishing to read a few chapters of Roxy (or Skip) at a time because I was so anxious to get back to each of them to find out what was going on in their story threads.
I found Lily's use of an oft-repeated word grating. This was a character not in the same age group as I myself am currently and so I don't have my finger on the pulse of that age group so I don't know how true-to-life this was. Maybe it's spot-on but even so I probably would still find it grating if I were to experience this in my real life. Also I distinctly remember my friends and characters on TV and I talking like that (using the same word repeatedly during the course of a few sentences) in the 80's and 90's, so this made it feel somewhat dated to me but the story definitely takes place in more modern times.
This is book 2 of a series. I did not realize this when I started reading Con Game. Con Game can be read without having read the first book in the series (License to Lie) and still be understood and enjoyed but if I had realized, I would have liked to have started from the first book and gone forward from there. So now I will have to get License to Lie and find out what went on before.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.