What do the Merlin Game, the Penny Skim, the Doolally Snadoodle, and the Afterparty Snuke have in common? They're all the work of world-class con artist and master bafflegabber Radar Hoverlander. Radar’s been "on the snuke" since childhood, but he's still looking for his California Roll, the one big scam that'll set him up in sushi for life.
Trouble arrives in the stunning, sassy package of Allie Quinn - either the last true innocent or a con artist so slick she makes Radar look like a Quaker. Radar's hapless sidekick, Vic Mirplo, a lovable loser who couldn't con a kid out of a candy cane, thinks Radar is being played. But if love is blind, it's also deaf, dumb, and stupid, and before Radar knows it, he's sucked into a vortex of double-, triple-, and quadruple-crosses that'll either net him his precious California Roll or put him in a hole in the ground.
As timeless as a perpetual motion machine, as timely as a Madoff arraignment, The California Roll brings you deep inside the world of con artistry, where every fact is fiction and the second liar never has a chance.
©2010 John Vorhaus (P)2010 Tantor
"The writing is tight and wonderfully glib, and Vorhaus slyly, shrewdly hints that he’s snuking the reader. No caper-novel fan should miss this one." (Booklist)
John Vorhaus's Radar Hoverlander is a lovable rogue who drags us into situations that are always fresh and always fun! And the story might slow down from scene to scene, but you would never call is "slow" (in any sense of the word).
The writing is a delight! Vorhaus clearly adores the English language, and uses it as masterfully as Douglas Adams or P. G. Wodehouse. In fact, the overall sense of the novel can best be compared to the Dirk Gently or Jeeves series by those respective authors: Fun characters doing fun (if not always well-advised, or even sane) things that keep the story tension winding ever tighter, until the inevitable climatic explosion!
I can't wait to hear the others! This book is marvelous fun!
I loved this read, I mean listen. It was engaging all the way through and you really got to know and like the main characters. Too bad this author doesn't have more like it.
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