Bluff (Paperback)

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Though not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this phenomenally gripping yarn floored me. It’s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters’ motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel and Kardos’s obvious  delight in the telling is infectious and absolutely thrilling.

The best pop novel I’ve read in centuries.

— From Wesley


The magician's job is to create a mystery--an unbridgeable gap between cause and effect. Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment.

At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she started touring at seventeen, took first place at the World of Magic competition at eighteen, and never reached such heights again. Shunned by the magic world after a disastrous liaison with an older magician, she now lives alone with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills in a New Jersey apartment. In a desperate ploy to make extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write a feature magazine article--on the art of cheating at cards. But when she meets the perfect subject for her article, what begins as a journalistic gamble brings into question everything Natalie thinks she knows about her talent, and herself. Natalie is dazzled by the poker cheat's sleight of hand and soon finds herself facing a proposition that could radically alter her fortune--to help pull off a $1.5 million magic trick that, if done successfully, no one will ever even suspect happened. With Kardos raising the stakes chapter after chapter, Bluff is a breathtaking work of suspense from a writer at the top of his game.

About the Author

Michael Kardos is the Pushcart Prize-winning author of the novels The Three-Day Affair and Before He Finds Her and the story collection One Last Good Time. Originally from the Jersey Shore, he lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he codirects the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802129659
ISBN-10: 080212965X
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English