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Give the Devil His Due (Paperback)
Alanis McLachlan doesn't believe in ghosts despite the fact that she owns the White Magic Five and Dime, but the person standing in her doorway was supposed to be dead. He was killed thirty years ago. But there he is, and with him comes trouble.
You know who I'm talking about, right? You've read the first two in the great series by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco, The White Magic Five and Dime and Fool Me Once. If you haven't, you absolutely must read these before you read Give The Devil His Due (April), and since it isn't out until April, there's time.
So you have a blast from the past, a velvet Elvis, and lots of laugh-out-loud cultural references.
"I was now old enough to see the day when the average teenager (Clarice didn't qualify) couldn't spot a Terminator reference. My time had clearly passed. If we'd been Eskimos, I would have crawled out onto the ice to die."
So far as the tarot goes, we've had the Major Arcana and Wands. Give The Devil His Due deals with Cups, and emotions are definitely running high in this one! Seriously, this is a well-written and entertaining series. No gore, no harsh language (although "duck" is used occasionally, only they don't mean mallards) and people I really truly love. I can't recommend this series by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco highly enough!— Fran
Alanis McLachlan, reformed con artist turned tarot reader, gets paid for predicting the future—too bad she didn’t see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she’d le behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, threatening her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos. And there’s the little matter of the ominous reading she gives to a new client, which could have deadly consequences. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she’ll need all her skills at reading both people and tarot if she’s going to survive.
"It's every man, woman, and teen for himself as the authors unlock their third free-wheeling adventure set in the craziest town west of Maggody, Arkansas."—Kirkus Reviews
" A] quirky series . . . filled with eccentric protagonists and engaging banter, insights into the art of grift, and tantalizing love interests. Apt to appeal to Jim Swain fans and lovers of Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's 'Fox and Hare' series."—Library Journal
“ Hockensmith and Falco] keep the surprises coming while maintaining a consistently humorous tone.”—Publishers Weekly
"A perfect, frothy confection, swirls to an ending suitable to the entire enterprise. Hockensmith is a worthy heir to the late, lamented Donald E. Westlake."—Mystery Scene
About the Author
Steve Hockensmith (California) is the author of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novels Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics, 2010) and Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics, 2011). His book Holmes on the Range (Minotaur Books, 2007) was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel. Lisa Falco (Los Angeles) received her first tarot deck at the age of eight years old. She holds degrees from both Northwestern University and Cal State University Northridge, and is the author of A Mother’s Promise (Illumination Arts, 2004).