Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Shared Confidence by William Topek

From Amazon - Kansas City, 1935. Private detective Devlin Caine receives a telegram from his estranged older brother, a Baltimore banker who's been framed for embezzlement. At his brother's request, Caine comes to Baltimore, expecting nothing more than to offer a little useful advice. But in short order, he finds himself deeply involved in an elaborate confidence scheme.

Never try to con a con, but Caine finds himself forced into doing just that. And he may just have the experience and know-how to take on a veteran master of the long con. But can he handle three different government agencies, his former boss, and a violent Chicago mobster who also appear on the scene?

Working in a strange city and employing cons on top of cons, Caine struggles to save not only his brother's career, but possibly his own hide.

I had the pleasure of reading Topek's first Devlin Caine adventure, Shadow of a Distant Morning, about a year ago.  I really enjoyed it and A Shared Confidence is even better.  If you like gumshoe mysteries, then Devlin Caine is right up your alley!

Not only is he an unorthodox character, but Topek twists and turns the plot, leaving the reader guessing where he is going with the storyline, but then it gradually all makes sense and you find you've been on one heck of a thrilling ride.   His writing is true to the era, brilliantly bringing the nineteen thirties to life.  

I enjoyed A Shared Confidence, meeting Devlin's brother and learning a bit more about the man himself.  It was entertaining and the cons intrigued me on how they worked. If you enjoy a suspense mystery with a memorable investigator, pick up A Shared Confidence.  I can't wait to see what Devlin gets up to next!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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