Connor Jones – Scott Soloff Review

Connor Jones - A Picker/Connor Mystery

Connor Jones
Scott Soloff

con man – n informal
More formal term: confidence man
a person who swindles another by means of a confidence trick

I’m not exactly sure how to categorize what I do for a living. Hell, that’s not true. I’m a con man.

But not just any con man. I only go after the wealthy. That’s not entirely true either. My ‘marks’ are godless people. Those monsters that prey on the weak and vulnerable. After a successful ‘job’, a portion of the proceeds goes into an account in order to draw salaries, pay overhead and fund future endeavors. Just like any business enterprise. The rest is distributed to those that are less fortunate. Poor people.

My father was an extremely successful international con man who was murdered by the son of his arch nemesis in a car explosion. My mother is a great beauty devoted to humane causes. As a result, my shrink says that I suffer from a skewed moral perspective. In lay terms, my doctor claims that I have a Robin Hood Complex.

Come join me, my half brother Picker and an assorted cast of colorful characters as we battle our arch enemy, the evil Terry England.

This was another good novel by Scott Soloff. This is the sequel to his other works #37 and Three Strikes, though I don’t think it’s necessary to have read those before starting this book. This book is centered around Picker’s brother Connor. Though Connor is suave, debonair, and a world-class con man, I didn’t enjoy him as a protagonist as  much as I enjoyed Picker. Connor seemed larger than life since he always had everything completely planned out, while Picker occasionally messed up and was more flawed. I also missed the characters in Picker’s life and found the ones in Connor’s to be really one-dimensional. In fact, I would have to say my favourite scenes in this novel were the ones involving Picker and Kelly.

Though I missed antiquing and art, I really did like the caper in this book. Soloff has a knack for writing these types of books. They all have complex plots, multiple storylines, and he is talented at combining them all at the end. In fact, it was quite rewarding to see how they came together.

Once again, there were small grammar and spelling mistakes, but I will still be reading any of his future works.

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