Meet Radar Hoverlander, a witty, gifted con artist with the mind of David Mamet, the voice of Tom Robbins, and the morals of a sailor on shore leave.
What do the Merlin Game, the Penny Skim, the Doolally Snadoodle, and the Afterparty Snuke have in common? They re all the work of world-class con artist and master bafflegabber Radar Hoverlander. Radar's been on the snuke since childhood, but he's still looking for his California Roll, the one big scam that ll set him up in sushi for life.
Trouble arrives in the stunning, sassy package of Allie Quinn either the last true innocent or a con artist so slick she makes Radar look like a Quaker. Radar's hapless sidekick, Vic Mirplo, a lovable loser who couldn t con a kid out of a candy cane, thinks Radar's being played. But if love is blind, it's also deaf, dumb and stupid, and before Radar knows it, he's sucked into a vortex of double-, triple-, quadruple-crosses that ll either net him his precious California Roll or put him in a hole in the ground.
As timeless as a perpetual-motion machine, as timely as a Madoff arraignment, The California Roll brings you deep inside the world of con artistry, where every fact is fiction and the second liar never has a chance.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
John Vorhaus is the author of The Comic Toolbox: How to Be Funny Even if You re Not. An avid poker player, he has written several books on that subject, including the bestselling Killer Poker series and the poker-world novel Under the Gun. A veteran creative consultant, he has taught writing in twenty-four countries on four continents, most recently running the writing staff of the Russian version of Married . . . with Children. When not out making the world safe for situation comedy, he lives in Southern California, where he very much appreciates the weather. But wait, there s more! At: www.radarenterprizes.com From the Hardcover edition."
"I loved this comic caper with its twisty pretzel plot, clever invented language, and an attitude that's Carl Hiaasen channeling Dane Cook."
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"[G]rand entertainment...Double and triple crosses abound in the careening plot...The writing is tight and wonderfully glib, and Vorhaus slyly, shrewdly hints that he’s snuking the reader. No caper-novel fan should miss this one."
“Amusing thriller about the misadventures of a con man.”
“Now that’s a scheme!”
“Whether you’re a mook or a snuke, The California Roll is more than entertainment, it’s an education. Buyer beware: John Vorhaus will steal your money and hours of your life, giving you nothing in return but a great read—fast, funny and very, very smart.”
–Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-winning author of A Date You Can’t Refuse
“Please let me send you $50 million.”
–Patrick Noochi, Nigerian businessman
“John Vorhaus sure knows his stuff—a little too well, if you ask me. The California Roll is a hilarious and highly suspicious ride into the world of grift. It’s an immensely enjoyable read and an excellent primer if you’re looking for a career change.”
–Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Revenge of the Spellmans
“It’s not too late to get a real job!”