Book Review: Grift by: Jason Mosberg

Publisher: Smashwords Edition

Publication Date: March 4, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Why would a 17-year-old girl pretend to be a high class escort?

Piper is a con artist whose canvas is the city of Las Vegas. She rolls with a crew of young grifters including a card-counting genius, a tourist-hustling pool shark, and a pocket-picking magician. Together, this crew of teenage outlaws live with their mentor Max in the penthouse of a hotel casino. They work hard and play harder. But unlike the others, Piper must balance her hyper-real Vegas fantasy with the reality of raising her 14-year-old half-sister Sophie. Disaster strikes when the Las Vegas mafia kidnaps Sophie and demands a multimillion-dollar ransom. With only five days to piece together the money, the crew races the clock to save her. 

Review: Piper and her sister Sophie fled from a broken home when they were very young and into the arms of Max, a grifter and hustler, who teaches Piper the tricks of the con trade. Piper, Sophie, and a group of grifter kids all live with Max and bring in the cash with their cons. They work hard at their game, but they party even harder. Piper’s a bit more serious as she has the responsibility of raising Sophie as best as she can and keep Sophie out of the con game. When Sophie’s kidnapped by the Las Vegas mafia and held for a multi-million dollar ransom, Max’s entire crew works hard to get together the money to save her. GRIFT is a very well-written mystery novel. The characters are outstanding and each one has a distinct personality, so they don’t blend together. The author’s descriptions of the city brought the story to life. GRIFT is a dark labyrinthine tale of mystery, mayhem, and corruption with the love between sisters at the heart.

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