Kevin's dad, Jerry, is a crook. And he taught his son every trick in the book. Masters of identity theft, Kevin and Jerry move from one seedy motel to another, always trying for the big score. Colette is a runaway who dreams of conning her way into the upper echelons of high society. Just a teenager, she's already a tough and talented grifter, and soon becomes Jerry's girlfriend and accomplice. When Jerry is arrested, Colette makes Kevin her willing shill, dragging him along in her endless pursuit of sophistication. Meanwhile, Kevin's compulsive pursuit of new cons, bolder hoaxes, and better forgeries leads them to violent and unimagined retributions. When Jerry is released on parole, the three are reunited for one final scam, a patchwork of old and new techniques that should set them all up for life. The question is, would they rather work together or show each other up Hot Plastic is a hugely satisfying suspense novel about family and criminal intent from a fresh new voice.
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Peter Craig grew up dividing his time between Los Angeles and an Oregon commune. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of a James Michener-Copernicus Fellowship, he is the author of The Martini Shot. The son of the actress Sally Field, he lives in Iowa City with his wife and children.From Publishers Weekly:
Craig's first novel, The Martini Shot, was a satirical look at a son's attempt to connect with his aging, alcoholic, Hollywood movie star father. This time Craig aims higher, or perhaps lower, with another son's tale. Kevin Swift, 14, is on the lam with his con-man father as they scam their way across a credulous American countryside. It's 1983, a year of seedy motel rooms, fake credit cards and stolen cars as Kevin dodges cops and learns the tricks of the trade with his peripatetic parent, the charismatic Jerry ("He could smile through any lie, and hold court on cars, women, boxing, cockfights, cops and dirty jokes with any combination of armed and angry men"). When his son falls ill, Jerry hires wayward, amoral teen Colette, barely older than Kevin, to baby-sit while he's out working his con. When Jerry and Kevin are forced to leave town suddenly, Colette elects to join their criminal carnival. The trio evolves into an excellent team, each member with his or her own larcenous specialty. Jerry becomes Colette's lover and instructor in the intricacies of crime. Kevin, though, has fallen in love with Colette, and when she abandons them the young man is bereft. Then Jerry is arrested, and several years pass before circumstances draw them all back together for the inevitable last big score. Novels featuring quirky characters on the grift have always had a certain knavish noir appeal, and this is a fascinating, funny, beautifully written addition to the genre. Readers will find themselves drawn into the intriguing lives of this delinquent outlaw family as they form and reform alliances and journey along their crooked path toward a surprising finish.
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