Con artist : a novel.

by Van Lente, Fred,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Monroeville Public Library Mystery VAN LENTE FRED
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC VAN LENTE
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Penn Hills Library Mystery VAN MYS
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Collection  Mystery
 
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Sewickley Public Library Fiction M VAN
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Summary
There's murder at San Diego Comic Con in this entertaining summer read from a Marvel/DC comics veteran Fred Van Lente, featuring illustrations in classic comic book style.

Comic book illustrator Michael Yoo is having a terrible week. He's just arrived in San Diego for Comic-Con -- the annual nerd Mardi Gras that triples the beachside city's population with 150,000 fans. Michael hopes to spend the next five days working his booth in Artist's Alley, where he'll sign autographs and sell sketches for $40 a pop. Instead he's implicated in the death of his editor, the widely feared and reviled Danny Lieber. There are plenty of suspects onhand -- from rival illustrators to burlesque cos-players. But the most valuable clues might be hidden in Michael's own sketchbook. He's spent a good portion of the convention illustrating people he's met and places he's visited, and he's inadvertantly captured some very important information. The devil is in the details, and readers who pay careful attention to this book's black-and-white sketches will be on the right trail to unmask the murderer.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Since his less-than-amicable separation from his wife, comic-book artist Mike Miller lives a peripatetic life traveling from comic-con to comic-con. He's at the big one (San Diego, for those not in the know) when his nemesis and former editor ends up dead in spectacular fashion. Naturally, Mike is the primary suspect, and, in between drawing fan commissions and manning his table in Artists' Alley, he tries not only to track down his alibi but also to find the real murderer, and what he uncovers is far more insidious than he could have imagined. Van Lente, a veteran comic-book writer, leans on plenty of classic detective-story tropes and fills his novel with all the twists, turns, and red herrings you'd expect. The comic-con setting is jam-packed with insider details and commentary on geek and comics culture, with a lively combination of real people, companies, and media properties as well as fictional ones. Occasionally the setting overwhelms the plot, but comic-con devotees should get a kick out of the many, many Easter eggs Van Lente hides here.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Van Lente follows 2017's Ten Dead Comedians, a send-up of Agatha Christie, with a madcap mystery spoof set at Comic-Con. Comic book artist Mike Miller is on his way to San Diego, Calif., when he learns that his mentor, Ben K, to whom he was slated to present an award, has died. He's devastated, but goes about setting up his table at Artists' Alley. That night, after one too many drinks around the hotel pool, he spots his nemesis and former editor, Atlas Entertainment exec Danny Lieber, who stole his ex-wife, Christine. Mike attempts to punch Danny in the face, an act that makes him a suspect in Danny's subsequent shooting death, which he finds out about the next morning via two obnoxious, wisecracking cops. News that Ben K's studio was ransacked and that he had a lawsuit with Atlas leads Mike to suspect the two deaths might be connected. Mike's efforts to prove his innocence keep the pages turning all the way to the surprising ending. Through the wryly amusing Mike, Van Lente offers an insider's look into the gloriously geeky world of cons. Agent: Jason Yarn, Jason Yarn Literary Agency. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects ordreq 06/14/18 xa
Publisher 2018
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9781683690344
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