The Wrath of Con

Daniel Younger. Mutant Panda, $13.99 trade paper (325p) ISBN 978-1-5334-8836-7
If Terry Pratchett had written a Vegas heist novel, it might have looked something like this impressive comic fantasy, which finds the pathos at the heart of humor. Packed with bizarre moments, deadpan reactions, and hilarious non sequiturs, the novel follows Josh Harlan and the band of thieves and cons he assembles as they attempt to rob the newest casino going up on the Strip. It’s impossible to plan for the interference of the imprisoned goddess who works for their mark, but the team comes together like a dysfunctional family to pull the job off, more or less. Younger (Zen and the Art of Cannibalism) is an experienced comedy writer who understands the art of the heist novel, providing just enough information to keep readers intrigued without giving the game away too early. The characters are entertaining with distinct voices, carrying a plot that, for all its lightheartedness, has a substantial amount of meat on the bone. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 09/05/2016
Release date: 08/01/2016
Genre: Fiction
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