Matthew Klein - Conned
"The plot just keeps twisting and turning..."
Kip Largo, a veteran of Silicon Valley, has recently emerged from a jail term for security fraud. He used to be a master con-man, but now he's trying to go straight, working in a dry cleaners while running an internet vitamin business on the side. But when Lauren Napier, the wife of a big Las Vegas businessman, comes to him with a proposition to steal $20 million of her husband, Ed Napier's money, Kip can't resist the prospect of an artful con.
He recruits some friends: Jessica, a stripper turned porn producer, his wayward son, Toby and Peter, a brilliant college hacker. They convince Napier that they've developed software that predicts stock prices, and with the smell of so much money in the air, Napier can't wait to invest. But things don't go to plan - it quickly emerges that someone on the inside is feeding information to another party. The con's in tatters and Kip must fight to keep himself - and his son - alive.
The title and synopsis of this book did not really greatly entice me to want to read it. However, once I had read no more than a few pages I was unable to put the book down. It is packed with a great storyline, colourful characters and plenty of humour.
Kip Largo, the lead character, is quite a sad person. He has little to show for his 57 years of life, only a rented apartment, an ex-wife and a poor relationship with his son. Which is why, like any gambler, he is looking for the big win to 'make everything better'. All of the characters, whilst some more believable than others, have been brilliantly brought to life and Klein has created great empathy between the reader and those he writes about.
The plot just keeps twisting and turning until the very last page and it is impossible to guess who is being Conned by whom.
An excellent read that is thrilling and fun. Don't miss this one.
Reviewed by: H.A.