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Crooked    by Brian M. Wiprud order for
by Brian M. Wiprud
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Dell, 2006 (2006)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

What a delight of a book. I knew when I started the first page I would be in for a good read. Brian Wiprud's first book, Stuffed, was a winner and I looked forward to more of the same. I was not disappointed. Be prepared to laugh out loud. It's clever. Outrageous. Pure fun.

Nicholas Palihnic is a hustler who knows the ins and outs of every deal. He is hired by an insurance company to locate stolen art. That's where the fun begins - as well as intriguing back room glimpses into the art world. Palihnic uncovers Beatrice Belarus, a Manhattan art dealer with an insatiable lust for money - hers or anyone else's.

The plot whirls along as the reader is treated to Wiprud's off-beat sense of humor. Action is well spaced and is entirely unpredictable. Crooked is hard hitting with no holds barred, and the characters are worth meeting - at least in print.

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