by Michael Kardos

On Sale: 08/03/2018


About the Book

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. After a moment of fury during a show ends in a potential lawsuit and financial ruin, Natalie follows up on an old job offer to write a 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.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781788543712
  • ISBN 10: 1788543718
  • Imprint: Head of Zeus
  • On Sale: 08/03/2018
  • Pages: 304
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Thriller / suspense


Michael Kardos is the Pushcart Prize-winning author of the novel The Three-Day Affair and the story collection One Last Good Time. Originally from the Jersey Shore, he currently lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he teaches creative writing.

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