There is one fact about this book in where a Company changes from a fish company to an internet one and then changes back. The details about con games make for engaging reading and the convoluted plot doesn't actually get out of hand. Kip Largo grew into the business of being a confidence man and almost had it all when he got greedy with his last scheme, a deal a meal type card game, and went to jail. The end of the con contains a nice surprise. He knows that when a beautiful woman wants something from you, the only thing you're gonna get in return is trouble. A propulsive, noirish tale, as well as a smart allegory on the false promise of the Internet bubble.
At first, I thought this was just because I was a sap who likes happier endings; and I was ready to respect the author's somewhat tragic, honorable ending. When you have to put it down for sleep, or work, or food, you can be confident you will be straight back on board the moment you pick it back up. I don't live the Silicone Valley lifestyle and the one time a was in Las Vegas, I was scared spitless. The structure of the story is light and airy, like a glasshouse. Kip was imprisoned for a white collar crime.
With this, No Way Back and Switchback, Klein has made a trilogy about deception, greed and the desperation that entails. As the story progresses we learn more about Kip's past. And who better to pull this off than Kip Largo, once the King of Con? While stories about con artists are well worn and over done, here's one that manages to scrape down into something that feels fresh because it's lead character is so compelling. But more important than all that pretentious shit I just While stories about con artists are well worn and over done, here's one that manages to scrape down into something that feels fresh because it's lead character is so compelling. There is one fact about this book in where a Company changes from a fish company to an internet one and then changes back.
The whole point is to keep you guessing. It was a fun read. I bet if you met me, you'd trust me. Although Matthew is not a con man, some of his prior investors might disagree. There are more twists and turns, crosses and double crosses, than a school of octopuses trying to tango.
A fun book of intrigue with a little humor thrown in. Nthing deep here, even though the author attempts some serious engagement with faughte-son relations. I didn't buy a 54 year old deliberately having his teeth kicked out twice to further his con, and the self sacrifice at the end? At a bar one day, Kip meets Lauren Napier, the stunning wife of billionaire Ed Napier. But did I enjoy the ride -- and end up slightly tempted to part some guy from his beer money one Saturday night? But hey, it's an honest living. Meanwhile, Kip is trying to launch his internet vitamin business--MrVitamin. Bad books are gonna get it harder from me now that I'm drowning in good ones.
Once you get past that short part of a chapter though you start believing again and that, as the book says, is the mark of a good con. And suddenly Lauren's proposal isn't looking half bad. Then he discovers surveillance equipment in his neighbour's house, looking straight into his own front room. When you have to put it down for sleep, or work, or food, you can be confident you will be straight back on board the moment you pick it back up. But exactly who is being conned remains a suspenseful, open question. Kip's many things, but dumb isn't one of them. .
The novel is rife with details about popular cons, The Rules of Cons as well as common terms -- The Roper, the Button, the Mark, shell companies, and cacklebladders. Like I said, fun, light reading. Author Matthew Klein knows his con games and how to write a fun read so here the reader is not left holding the bag. The subtle masterstroke is setting the story in 1999 when information was still hard to come since we didn't have computers in our pockets yet. This book was a great change of pace. Poor Ed, he's about to be duped. It took some concentration to keep all of the players straight.
He is the main character in this story, and the whole book revolves around him and his past and present. Now free, all he has is a shabby little apartment, an unrewarding job at the dry cleaners, and a second job selling vitamins online. Nothing mentioned in the book is done so without being revisited in the subsequent pages and these classic cons help form part of the central con. The con Kip Largo wants to pull on big fish casino owner Ed Napier is a modern day variant on the telegraphed raced results con of the turn of the last century. Now he spends his days working at a third-rate dry cleaner and maintaining a fourth-rate website.
Then, one Tuesday, everything changes. Klein does many things well. Kip's 20-something, semi-estranged son, Toby, needs his fathers' help. Kip is then approached by a woman who recognizes him from his trial. Through no real fault of his own, Kip is dragged back into the world of cons.
Kip's monthly gross from the website generally tops out at twelve bucks. More to the point, the characters are too thin to support the degree of pathos the author aims at. But that's not the case. And his son is short, well, the whole amount. This book reminds me of how some people would do anything to get their hands on some money. The time period is around the time of the internet boom, when it gets wildly popular and everyone starts getting involved in it. She wants to leave Ed, but doesn't get squat in a divorce.