By Peter Craig
(Hyperion, Paperback, 9781401300449, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 2004
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Kevin's dad, Jerry, is a crook. And he taught his son every trick in the book. Masters of identity theft, Kevin and Jerry move from one seedy motel to another, always trying for the big score. Colette is a runaway who dreams of conning her way into the upper echelons of high society. Just a teenager, she's already a tough and talented grifter, and soon becomes Jerry's girlfriend and accomplice. When Jerry is arrested, Colette makes Kevin her willing shill, dragging him along in her endless pursuit of sophistication. Meanwhile, Kevin's compulsive pursuit of new cons, bolder hoaxes, and better forgeries leads them to violent and unimagined retributions. When Jerry is released on parole, the three are reunited for one final scam, a patchwork of old and new techniques that should set them all up for life. The question is, would they rather work together or show each other up? Hot Plastic is a hugely satisfying suspense novel about family and criminal intent from a fresh new voice.
Peter Craig, author of Hot Plastic and The Martini Shot, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of a James Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. Growing up, he divided his time between a show-business family in California and a commune in Oregon. He now lives in Los Angeles with his two daughters.