Dylan Edward Asher Strike a Poser

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WINNER: AWARD OF LITERARY EXCELLENCE- Dog Ear PublishingProfessional con artist, Olivia, assembles a team to pull off a savvy, complex and perhaps borderline ridiculous scheme in the theme park land of Orlando, Florida. Foreword Reviews calls it "a successful combination of crime caper, humor, and social satire, as it simultaneously spoofs the consumerism of theme parks and conventions of the heist genre."(full synopsis)Olivia, a professional con artist, is putting together a team. Along with her current accomplice, Jillian, she figures they'll need two more as they case a millionaire named Jerry Mallore, having followed him to, of all places, the theme park land of Orlando, Florida.  

Olivia quickly locates an old flame from way back named Jack. An ex-scammer himself, he's long since gone straight, working as a bar manager of an Irish restaurant just outside the wacky theme parks. His uniform involves kilts. She knows he'll be in. 

Joining up with Jack, and ultimately his younger brother Kip, they set out to get between Jerry and his shady cash transaction. The plan? Savvy. Complex. Borderline ridiculous. But it'll be flat-out brilliant if they can pull it off, creating the ultimate illusion in the land of illusions, and ultimately relieving Jerry of hundreds of thousands of dollars and leaving him, quite literally, not even sure what day it is.

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KIRKUS REVIEWAsher's (It's a Calamity, Jane, 2015, etc.) signature character, "bad-ass grafter gal" Olivia, resurfaces in theme-park mecca Orlando, Florida, this time to recruit a former mark for help in conning a millionaire.
Jack Maxwell, a former "big-time hustler...and part-time scammer," is currently the discontented manager of a faux Irish bar. Years before, he introduced Olivia to the life, but she ended up scamming him for about $15,000 before she disappeared. Now, she's back with Jillian, an enigmatic and mostly silent partner, and needs a couple more players for a plan that involves "High yield, low risk. No cops. Some millionaire....Twenty percent each." The millionaire: Jerry Mallore. The pitch: a real estate deal. To reveal more would be criminal, but Asher deftly moves "from the basic to the complex" without the reader feeling cheated when the final twists unfurl. As the con goes down, time shifts wring maximum payoff from scenes that alternate between planning, execution, and the inevitable best-laid-plans fiasco. Asher's spare writing has real flair, as in a confrontation with unforeseen rival scammers: "Grant took a step toward them, trying to intimidate. But that wouldn't work. Olivia and Jillian both stood confident. Easy to do, Olivia feeling her Glock 39 resting against her back, stuck into the waist of her dress skirt." Asher is a gripping storyteller; what he leaves to the imagination (in one tense episode, for instance, a "scuffle" among the principals) is as compelling as the con's shifting and uncertain alliances. Dialogue has real snap, too, as when Olivia first sees Jack in his themed-bar costume. "My, oh my, look at you. You've gone and gotten yourself all Irish." Readers don't need to be familiar with the characters' previous exploits--Olivia Jane Doe (2013) and Damage Day, Fla (2014)--to be thoroughly entertained by this new caper. But newcomers who, like Jack, love "watching Olivia do her thing" will surely want to go back and catch up on what they missed.
Olivia sums up the richly readable appeal: "Sinning. In such a magical, wholesome place. Good stuff."

Foreword ReviewsThose looking for a quick satirical con caper laced with relationship drama will enjoy this romp.

Dylan Edward Asher's Strike a Poser is a successful combination of crime caper, humor, and social satire, as it simultaneously spoofs the consumerism of theme parks and conventions of the heist genre.
Amid Florida's colorful tourist traps, professional swindlers Jack and Olivia and their cohorts plot to bamboozle a developer, Jerry, out of six figures. Switching the limited third-person point of view between the swindlers and Jerry, the novel twists and turns to keep audiences guessing until the last page. The mystery is not who commits the robbery, but rather how the con gets carried out.
Besides the hilarious plan (which involves Jerry thinking it is still Monday when it's in fact Tuesday), the book offers plenty else to enjoy. Asher deftly nails the ethos of tawdry amusement parks when Jack snidely remarks, "No reality here. Can't disrupt the illusion." Later, one of Jack's fellow con men bemoans taking his son to various theme parks: "See, all day, we've been riding these elaborate, huge rides. The ones in Enchantment Land. Rides like Shaft Blaster. Planet Blaster. ... But then, end of the day, we end up in Planet World." Anyone who's been to such a venue can appreciate similarly-named rides and the ingenious redundancy of a place called Planet World.
Jack and Olivia have a complicated history, and the use of alternating viewpoints effectively demonstrates how each of them struggles to interpret the other's actions, wondering what is real and what their minds are manufacturing. The pair's thoughts cleverly reinforce the theme of illusion illustrated by the ridiculously overblown parks. Their musings are highly relatable as they find themselves obsessing over the significance of a glance or a smile, wondering if their old attraction remains. Although sixteen years separate Jack and Olivia, Asher refreshingly develops their relationship as one between equals, rather than choosing a weird father-daughter dynamic.
The energetic phrasing and realistic dialogue keep the story chugging along. While the profane diction and lobbing of insults at one another is established at the outset, the repeated use of the word retard to describe someone outside the hustlers' circle is cringe-worthy. Using this word, however, does not detract from evocative descriptors such as "whip of [Olivia's] dark hair and a demolishing grin," and "[Olivia's] life-shift onto the grift." Speaking of grift, having the characters use heist-specific terminology like mark and take adds to the story's realism. Those looking for a quick satirical con caper laced with relationship drama will enjoy this romp.
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Midwest Book ReviewA riveting read from beginning to end, "Strike a Poser" will have immense appeal for readers who enjoy a well crafted and entertaining novel of surprising plot twists and unexpected turn of events. Dylan Edward Asher is a master storyteller and "Strike a Poser" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections.-Paul T. Vogel

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