Having the “grift sense” means you can feel when a con is going down, even if you have no idea what the con is or who is doing it.
James Swain’s debut novel Grift Sense is about Tony Valentine, a retired cop who is a widower, has an estranged son, and spends his retirement running a consulting operation for casinos.
Swain possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of how casinos and con artists operate, and uses this knowledge to great effect in Grift Sense. The plot is tight and fast, with schemes and double-crosses coming fast and furious, and is populated with an assortment of characters that although recognizable are saved from being stereotypes by the care Swain puts into drawing them.
If you like the genre, Grift Sense is an excellent read.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.