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Girl in the Glass
by Jeffrey Ford
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HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Girl in the Glass reveals the lives of three busy con men in 1932: Thomas Schell, his partner Henry Bruhl, and Schell's surrogate son Diego, an illegal Mexican immigrant. This odd combination of personalities works a scam convincing the rich and believing members of society that they can connect them with their loved ones on the other side.

Schell has a vision of a small girl in the glass of a window. It unnerves him to the point that he volunteers to try to find the child, whom he discovers has been kidnapped. The story picks up from there as does the action. The three disparate con men race through Long Island, trying to find the child in order to save her life and, incidentally, their own. As more information is unveiled, the three find themselves deep into a monstrous scheme to rid the world of the inadequate. Eugenics comes into play and parts of history that I knew nothing about are revealed. The more I hear about our forebears - the captains of industry the more I marvel that there are any honest people in the world.

I cannot in good conscience tell any more of the plot. I want you to be as surprised and horrified as was I. The Girl in the Glass is a very good book to read for the story which is a unique and well-written one but also for a lesson to never take things fed to you at face value.

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