The Magician’s Daughter
Magician Valentine Hill always begins her act with: “Reality is illusion. Illusion is reality, and nothing is what it seems.” Valentine herself is a case in point: she is unquestionably real, but she has no legal existence. Her mother, a skilled con artist, has never revealed Valentine’s real age, birth place, or her father’s identity—except to say that he was a magician.
No grifter herself, the scrupulous Valentine has spent years searching for her evasive mother, desperate to learn the basic facts of who she is. Literally, to get a life. Robbed of her stake in Vegas, she chases it to San Francisco where a series of odd events reunites her with her mother who, Valentine is sure, despite her respectable façade, is playing one of the city’s super rich. And Valentine quickly enters a world where truly nothing is what it seems. A socialite is a ruthless criminal, a car mechanic a psycho killer, and a cab driver a seductive gangster. After a friendly FBI agent is killed, Valentine forces herself into playing a grifter’s role to put the criminals—and her mother—away. Or at the very least, get what she wants from mom. Will her skills as a magician prove enough to help her maintain the illusion?
What The Magician’s Daughter has that makes it such a good read is a compelling, attractive character to hold up the series. Valentine Hill is as compelling and attractive as they come; think a young Stephanie Plum. - BC *blog critics.
A fast, coherent, fully enjoyable novel featuring a young, vibrant protagonist. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Carl Brookins, author of Red Sky, Devils Island, Hard Cheese, Reunion
[A] satisfyingly different mystery, and one which will especially delight genre fans looking for something different. - California Bookwatch