Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Give + Take-Stona Fitch

Give + Take
Stona Fitch
Dunne, May 3 2010, $22.99
ISBN: 9780312599874

Jazz pianist Ross Clifton travels from gig to gig where he picks up wealthy women attending his performance. He actually makes a much better living robbing diamonds from his affluent tryst partners.

However Ross’ perfect life begins to tank when asked to watch his sixteen year old nephew Cray. Ross cannot stand his brother’s son. However, when Cray catches his felonious uncle thieving, he raises the stakes at a time the pianist visits his dying father and falls in love with thieving singer Marianne London. Now his nephew’s actions compounded by his girlfriend’s past threaten Clifton in ways he could not imagine.

Give + Take is a wild romantic family noir held together by the felonies that take on a life of their own. The cast is strong, especially the lead trio, but so is the ensemble in pursuit of them in a fast-paced with plenty of action stealing scenes. Readers will enjoy this zany thriller in which the “good” guys’ motto is a family that thieves together belongs together as the once finely tuned but now off key antihero pianist must wonder if either his girl or his nephew are the “Backstabbers”.

Harriet Klausner

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