Bluff

Bluff

Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she started touring at seventeen, took first place at the World of Magic competition at eighteen, and never reached such hei Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated perf...

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Bluff Reviews

  • Wesley
    Mar 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

  • Geonn Cannon
    Aug 07, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

  • Brian
    Mar 25, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

  • Will Manuel
    Jun 16, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

  • Annie
    Mar 06, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

  • Rae
    Mar 23, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

  • Mike Alber
    Apr 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

  • Pratibha
    Apr 13, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

  • Bandit
    Nov 21, 2017

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

  • Ed
    Aug 13, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

  • Paula Lyle
    Mar 28, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    This book is... okay, to say the least. I have a bad habit of reading books really slowly over the summer, so it took me quite some time to finish this, which overall really took me out of it. But forcing myself to read the second half in just a few days helped get me into it again... ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    Kardos paints a sympathetic character in magician Natalie Webb. What am enjoyed about this story was the idea of two strong female characters (one a poker cheat and one a magician) carrying out a huge heist. What actually happens is more complicated. Overall, I enjoyed the first three ...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

  • -RadioActiveBookWorm-
    Apr 02, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

  • John McKenna
    Aug 13, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

  • Justin Brendel
    Jul 03, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

  • Clare Fitzgerald
    Apr 02, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    This book is... okay, to say the least. I have a bad habit of reading books really slowly over the summer, so it took me quite some time to finish this, which overall really took me out of it. But forcing myself to read the second half in just a few days helped get me into it again... ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

  • Michelle
    May 09, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

  • Randal
    May 24, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

  • Mandy
    May 31, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    This book is... okay, to say the least. I have a bad habit of reading books really slowly over the summer, so it took me quite some time to finish this, which overall really took me out of it. But forcing myself to read the second half in just a few days helped get me into it again... ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    Kardos paints a sympathetic character in magician Natalie Webb. What am enjoyed about this story was the idea of two strong female characters (one a poker cheat and one a magician) carrying out a huge heist. What actually happens is more complicated. Overall, I enjoyed the first three ...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

  • Dorie
    Nov 21, 2017

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    This book is... okay, to say the least. I have a bad habit of reading books really slowly over the summer, so it took me quite some time to finish this, which overall really took me out of it. But forcing myself to read the second half in just a few days helped get me into it again... ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    Kardos paints a sympathetic character in magician Natalie Webb. What am enjoyed about this story was the idea of two strong female characters (one a poker cheat and one a magician) carrying out a huge heist. What actually happens is more complicated. Overall, I enjoyed the first three ...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

  • Andrew
    Jan 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

  • Jane Goldberg
    May 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

  • Lara Hilton
    Apr 18, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

  • Dave
    Nov 09, 2017

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

  • Madeyemommah
    Jul 07, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

  • Russ
    Aug 08, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

  • Jo Cameron-Symes
    Jun 22, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    This book is... okay, to say the least. I have a bad habit of reading books really slowly over the summer, so it took me quite some time to finish this, which overall really took me out of it. But forcing myself to read the second half in just a few days helped get me into it again... ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    Kardos paints a sympathetic character in magician Natalie Webb. What am enjoyed about this story was the idea of two strong female characters (one a poker cheat and one a magician) carrying out a huge heist. What actually happens is more complicated. Overall, I enjoyed the first three ...

  • Jerry
    Sep 18, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    This book is... okay, to say the least. I have a bad habit of reading books really slowly over the summer, so it took me quite some time to finish this, which overall really took me out of it. But forcing myself to read the second half in just a few days helped get me into it again... ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    Kardos paints a sympathetic character in magician Natalie Webb. What am enjoyed about this story was the idea of two strong female characters (one a poker cheat and one a magician) carrying out a huge heist. What actually happens is more complicated. Overall, I enjoyed the first three ...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    I?ve borrowed this book twice now from my local library, only to put it aside for more familiar authors of mine. Well, third times the charm. I now know that I should have kept Bluff ahead of any other book. Kardos has hit a Grand Slam, or a royal flush to stay with his theme. Whethe...

  • Jeff
    May 02, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

  • Christopher
    May 28, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    This book is... okay, to say the least. I have a bad habit of reading books really slowly over the summer, so it took me quite some time to finish this, which overall really took me out of it. But forcing myself to read the second half in just a few days helped get me into it again... ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

  • Rachel
    Aug 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Very stylish thriller about a young magician and a card-sharp who team up to scam a wealthy mark in a high stakes Texas Hold'em game. Beautifully written by a talented author who understands how to pace and present a story. It's much more than a typical "sting" thriller and more an exe...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Five stars is a bit of hyperbole, but I did really enjoy this book a lot. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes the surprises better. It would also make a really good movie, I think. ...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    An absolute delight. Natalie maims a volunteer at her magic show in a priceless scene, but it's Natalie we feel bad for. Surrounded by jerks, she's the victim of repeated unfortunate circumstances for which she is totally innocent or only partly blameworthy. Falling deeper into a ho...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    A clever, witty, con/grift plotline that kept firing until the end. This story developed quickly, flushed out some fun characters, and had some twists along the way. A close-up magician gets into financial trouble and finds a possible quick win. The concept of a poker cheat and a magic...

    This book pleasantly surprised me. Fast paced. Good beach read. Very creative and well done the Sting-like twists. If you like cards and magic, a definite plus. ...

    I didn?t expect the twist at the end?no small feat! Plus, Jersey! Loved it! ...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    Mysterious Book Report No. 346 by John Dwaine McKenna Bluff is a novel about the practice of sleight of hand, or magic, and magic is done by practicing the art of misdirection. The conjurer talks the audience into looking over there while at the exact same time doing something over...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    This book is... okay, to say the least. I have a bad habit of reading books really slowly over the summer, so it took me quite some time to finish this, which overall really took me out of it. But forcing myself to read the second half in just a few days helped get me into it again... ...