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Red Glove: 03/30/12

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The day I finished listening to White Cat I picked up the sequel, Red Glove by Holly Black. I would love to go back and re-read it as an audio, performed again by Jesse Eisenberg. That says two things about the series: Holly Black writes awesome paranormal organized crime thrillers and Jesse Eisenberg is perfect casting for Cassel Sharp.

The second book opens in Atlantic City with Cassel being tugged along by his grifter mother to work some cons. They've spent the summer going from hotel to hotel conning as many wealthy men as they can before wearing out their welcome. Just as things are getting dicey, school starts for Cassel.

Along with school, though, Cassel has some new problems to contend with. First, one of his brothers has been murdered. Second the FBI have taken a fancy to him as a person of interest in a number of missing person cases. Cassel doesn't remember taking part but he also knows his memory has been worked. As with the last book, Cassel needs to find the right balance between school, family, the Zacharov family, his own cons and, now, the FBI.

Black goes into greater detail with the political upheaval over the proposed testing of curse workers. With Cassel having lived both as a curse worker and as a non-worker, he's able to walk an ambivalent line, playing a devils advocate to the debate. He well knows that every bare hand can be a potential weapon.

There are some graphic descriptions of the effects of curse working and blow back. There was some of that in White Cat but in Red Glove I found them more visceral. I don't know if that's an affect of listening versus reading or not.

As I don't want to spoil anything for either book, let me close by saying I'm eagerly awaiting the third book, Black Heart (2012).

Five stars.

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