Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truthhe's the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anythingor anyoneinto something else.
That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only cluecrime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel toothey know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyoneleast of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.
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"Starred Review. [A] smart and well-executed sequel to White Cat...This powerful, edgy dark fantasy won't disappoint Black's fans." - Publishers Weekly
Dark, disturbing fare, crafted by a master; readers of the trilogy's first will be supremely satisfied. Ages 14+." - Kirkus
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Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.
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