The Big Get-Even

The Big Get-Even

by Paul Di Filippo

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Overview

A disbarred lawyer and an ex-arsonist cross paths and find themselves organizing an elaborate real-estate scam to bilk a shady rich speculator out of twenty million dollars. The sting is personal for ex-arsonist Stan and for a woman named Vee, who plays an essential role in the caper. Glen, the narrator and former lawyer, finds himself at first just along for the money. Eventually, as bonds deepen among the conspirators, Glen too discovers he has a lot more at stake than simply the loot.


This cast of lively eccentrics discovers along the way that getting to the big payoff might just be more scary fun than the monetary prize itself.


"Raymond Chandler would envy some of Di Filippo's similes and wisecracks...Storytelling artistry meets scam artistry and the lucky reader scores big." --Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and Edgar Award–winning author


"Compulsively readable and spiked with wry wit. You cheer the motley characters every step of the way to the H-bomb climax...Raymond Chandler would love this book." --Rudy Rucker, Philip K. Dick Award–winning author of the Ware Tetralogy


"An astonishingly accomplished, virtually seamless caper-suspense novel...I hope there will be more of these and that I will be present for at least some." --Barry N. Malzberg


"[This]cocktail of classic noir blends a cast of sexy and larcenous guys and molls, a wittily suspenseful buildup, and a gasp-provoking payoff." --Michael Bishop, author of Ancient of Days

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158878077
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 1,127,947
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Paul Di Filippo sold his first story in 1977. Since then, he has written and published over two hundred more, as well as several novels, amounting to roughly thirty-five books. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his partner Deborah Newton.

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The Big Get-Even 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
What a fun read!!! These guys would have no luck at all if it wasn't for bad luck. Greg, the narrator and an ex-con, disbarred lawyer, and Stan, an ex-con arsonist, come up with this farce of a plan to make 20 million dollars. The trials and tribulations they go through to read this goal are both scary and hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this "Keystone Cops like caper" that had me hooked from the beginning. A fun read that I just sped through. Still laughing thinking back on this read. If your looking for a serious book, this isn't it. However, if you want a fun, cozy read this is for you. Thanks to Blackstone Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loy3 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read! Can a couple of Cons con another Con?? Glen, an ex-lawyer, gets mixed up in a scam to get even with a man who has wronged many people. Glen saves the life of another parole who comes to him with a great scam to take down a real estate Tycoon. The scam takes a most of the book to set up, with many obstacles along the way. Glen is almost a bystander watching things unfold. the story was good. the ending a little rushed. But all and all a fun story. The writing itself was very good. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review