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The deadly kiss-off, Paul Di Filippo

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The deadly kiss-off
Title
The deadly kiss-off
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Paul Di Filippo
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Language
eng
Summary
Glen and Stan, the Odd Couple of scamdom, are back from their Big Get-Even adventure with another get-rich-quick-or-go-down-in-flames scheme. They stumble upon a lone scientist and his half-genius, half-addlepated invention, which seems to promise a big payoff if they can dupe the right buyers. But infidelity, gangsters, foreign governments, and their own greed offer stumbling blocks galore
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  • Glen and Stan, the scammers from Di Filippo's fine The Big Get-Even (2018) are with us again, looking to realize what narrator Glen aptly calls ""dreams of quick, unearned wealth."" Their first venture, trucking knockoff baby formula—really! ersatz Similac!—across country, winds down. So they're on to a new scam: the Luckman Preemptive Blast Agent Sensor. It looks like a video-game pistol, and it doesn't really detect explosives; but if they can peddle it fast to dodgy gangs and governments, they will divvy up $120 million ""after expenses."" About here, caper-novel suspense should be building as our gang races to get the money before the suckers catch on. But Di Filippo slows things down with lengthy interludes about the private lives of the participants, who tend to be dreary rather than raffish. And the finale seems to belong to another novel, pivoting from caper to noir, with its freight of heartbreak, murder, and suicide. Still, this deserves a recommendation for the fine writing and the intriguing look into the mechanics of big-deal thievery. -- Don Crinklaw (Reviewed 3/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 13, p26)
  • Set in an unspecified part of the American West, Di Filippo’s disappointing second caper thriller featuring disbarred attorney Glen McClinton and former arsonist Stan Hasso involves a far less ingenious get-rich-quick scheme than the one in its predecessor, 2018’s The Big Get-Even. When Stan gets a gig driving an 18-wheeler loaded with fake goods across the country, Glen joins him as his shotgun-toting bodyguard. The arrest of a counterfeit game console distributor leaves their employer, local mob boss Vincent “Weeping Ear” Santo, with a warehouse full of 5,000 bogus Intel microprocessors on his hands. In search for a new buyer for the chips, Stan turns to his former business partners in a harebrained venture that would have turned parts of a wrecked ship into jewelry. These partners, in turn, connect Stan with a professor who claims to have invented a new handheld explosives detector that requires microprocessors. The con, naturally, doesn’t unfold as Glen and Stan hope, and leads to an unsatisfying ending. Readers will hope Di Filippo gets back on track next time. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Assoc. (Apr.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/18/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 7, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10772707
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Di Filippo, Paul
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3554.I3915
LC item number
D43 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Inventors
  • Inventions
Target audience
adult
Label
The deadly kiss-off, Paul Di Filippo
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065272538
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9781538450291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1053855933
Label
The deadly kiss-off, Paul Di Filippo
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065272538
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9781538450291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1053855933

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