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text 2017-05-23 00:46
Reading progress update: I've read 206 out of 832 pages.
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Provenance by David W. Ball

 

A lost Caravaggio comes to the attention of art expert Max Wolff, although he is considered one of the most upright professionals in the art world is a dealer in underworld stolen art.  After getting his hands on the painting, Wolff gives its history to "prosperity gospel" preacher Joe Cooley Barber, from the madman artist to the Nazis and East German Stasi, to dictators and arms dealers then a lowlife thief.  But possibly the biggest rogue among the bunch that has touched this painting is Wolff himself, who's own history with the painting is bigger than he let on with Barber.  Ball set up the little twist to the end earlier and one doesn't full appreciate it until finishing the story of a very unique rogue.

 

4 STARS 

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text 2017-05-23 00:27
Reading progress update: I've read 174 out of 832 pages.
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Tawny Petticoats by Michael Swanwick

 

Conmen Darger and Surplus are in the independent port city of New Orleans looking to scam the three most powerful people in the city and hope not to becoming zombie workmen if things go south.  Joining them in their scam is the titular Tawny Petticoats, who joins the duo as an "innocent" female hook to the their money scam.  Unfortunately for poor Surplus who experiences being a temporary zombie, things don't go according to plan especially with Tawny running off with one of the other targets along with some of the stolen money.  But Darger and Surplus decide to leave New Orleans on the verge of a large scale riot they put into motion, talk about a couple of rogues.

 

4 STARS

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text 2017-05-22 23:57
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 832 pages.
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Bent Twig by Joe R. Lansdale

 

Hap Collins goes looking for this girlfriend's daughter, Tillie, but he knows he's going to have a rough going because Tillie is into having a rough-type of life and the associated rough individuals that are part of it.  Luckily for Hap, his brother from a different mother Leonard shows up at the right time to save Hap and join the search for Tillie.  The two raid a church used as front for a lowlife who claims the title of pastor to find Tillie.  There are numerous rogues in this story, but Hap and Leonard are the most resourceful in getting this particular "job" accomplished.

 

4 STARS

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text 2017-05-22 00:58
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 832 pages.
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The Inn of the Seven Blessings by Matthew Hughes

 

A down-on-his-luck thief, Raffalon, overhears a poor traveler getting taken by the animal-man hybrid Vandaayo to be eaten in one of their rituals.  Unfortunately for Raffalon, he's soon following the Vandaayo to rescue their captive because he's under the control of a little god who needs the poor victim to perform a ritual to empower him again.  After rescuing the god's devotee and another Vandaayo hunting victim, Raffalon finds that his journey with the little god isn't over, especially after learning the supposed devotee isn't grateful for being saved and he has other plans for the little god.  A mixture of action, comedic moments, and a very engaging story makes this short story a page turner.

 

5 STARS

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text 2017-05-22 00:45
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 832 pages.
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What Do You Do? by Gillian Flynn

 

A life-long con-artist has once against changed her profession into the wonderful world of fortune-telling, or as she terms it "vision specialist".  One day a new client comes in who lives in a old house, who has a moody teenage stepson, and suddenly finds herself in the middle of some weird things.  Although the reader quickly realizes that con-artist is being conned in some fashion, Flynn's multi-twisted ending is set up so perfectly that that it earned an extra half a star.  On top of wonderful ending is the detail in giving the reader the background of the unnamed point-of-view roguish protagonist that added another half star.

 

3 1/2 STARS

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