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Will Ferguson takes us on a wild romp across the dust bowl of West Texas. The year is 1939. The world is on the brink of war, and the American Dream is rusting out from the inside. Jack McGreary is adrift in the faded boomtown of Paradise Flats. Raised by his eccentric and increasingly erratic father, Jack has learned to live by his wits. He outsmarts the local businessmen, out-argues the local priest, and even outplays a gang of hardened carnies at a seedy fairground. And when a pair of fast-talking swindlers named Virgil and Miss Rose blow through town, Jack falls in with them. Together they go on a crime spree across the American Southwest, staging a series of elaborate and often hilarious cons. Young Jack is swept along into a world of hot jazz and cold calculating crimes of the heart, as the sexual tension between him and Miss Rose comes to a boil. Someone is being set up. Are Miss Rose and Virgil playing Jack? Or is Jack playing them?
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A riproaring American picaresque full of crime, comedy and sexual tension from the bestselling author of Happiness.

About the Author

Will Ferguson is a graduate of Toronto's York Film School. He spent five years in Japan and has lived in Ecuador, South America and every region of Canada. His debut novel, Happiness was sold into twenty-six languages around the world and short-listed for a Commonwealth Writers' Award. He is also author of the critically acclaimed travel memoir, Hokkaido Highway Blues.

Reviews

"Brilliantly entertaining" * The Times * "A terrifically enjoyable second novel...lyrical and hilarious, bleak and funny, with a love of history balanced against a rippingly clever plot" * Daily Telegraph * "Beautifully and vividly described... the depiction of the era and the place seem spot on... This is a terrific novel - complex but fun, philosophical but sharp, perceptive but ambiguous...you're happy just to be along for the thrilling ride" * Sunday Herald * "Ferguson's comic picaresque is a delight" * Financial Times * "Ferguson fills his pages with fascinating historical detail and lovingly described cons. His lengthy descriptions of scams are enthralling, funny and perhaps even educational" * Guardian *

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