Conman, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781842432945

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It's difficult to review a novel like this without plot spoiling - and the plot is what con fiction is all about. Suffice to say this is an very entertaining swindle-and-revenge story, that with enough red herrings for a Vladivostok fishmongers. Sorry - but that's the sort of leaden joke that Mr Asplin sometimes uses. Indeed, the first third is rather over-written, and the main antagonist's way of speaking becomes increasingly annoying. But get past that, and the story plays out at a good pace, and the who's-fooling-who will keep you guessing 'til the last few pages. And I certainly didn't see the final twist coming. Highly enjoyable holiday fare.

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