Reviewed by Kylee J XXXXXX for Reader Views 03/07
Not a Con
"Con Ed" by Matthew Klein is about a man named Kip Largo. Kip is in his mid 50's and was released from prison less than a year ago. Kip was imprisoned for a white collar crime. After he was released Kip tried to stay on the straight and narrow. Through no real fault of his own, Kip is dragged back into the world of cons.
Kip's 20-something, semi-estranged son, Toby, needs his fathers' help. Toby tells his father that he has screwed up and now owes thousands of dollars to "The Professor", a higher-up in the Russian Mob. What else can guilt-ridden father do BUT do whatever he has to do to help out his son. Even if helping him means endangering his own life.
This book has 49 chapters split up into 3 parts. Each part has as interesting name; The Roper', "The Mark' and "Cacklebladder'. The story begins in a bar in Palo Alto, California. Kip intervenes when a thug attacks a college kid who tries conning the thug out of some money. Kip is then approached by a woman who recognizes him from his trial. She asks him for help conning her husband. As the story progresses we learn more about Kip's past. Kip passes on some con advice, should any reader wish to attempt one.
I have been reading a lot of books with women as the main characters. This book was a great change of pace. Kip is a GUY. There is nothing frilly about this book. Kip may be an ex-con, but he someone any parent can relate to. All he wants is for his family (even his ex-wife) to be happy and safe.
This is Matthew Klein's first book and I'd say he's off to a terrific start. I'd recommend this book for any adult. There is a scene or two that involves the making of a pornographic movie. There isn't anything graphic, just nothing you'd want your teen to read.