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Inspired Reviews – Con Artist by Fred Van Lente

Written by on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018. Filed Under: Inspired Reviews

Author: Fred Van Lente
Where to find him: Twitter
Published: 2018
Publisher: Quirk Press
Where to purchase:  $14.99: Amazon; Books-A-Million; Barnes & Noble;


I picked up a copy of The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente while at BookExpo 2018. It was one of my first ARCs of the event this year; where I was intrigued by the cover art, and later by the premise. While reading in between data uploads and downloads during my work week, I was pulled into the exciting melodrama that is murder within a convention atmosphere. The pacing was as electric as a full-scale convention is. And the who-dun-it twists of just who-dun-what were a pleasant change from where I thought the storyline was going.

The Con Artist is an engaging thrill ride through comic-con, with life-altering stakes, and some very satisfying punches. Well worth a read if you’re a con-goer, artist, or general appreciator of who-dun-its.

Courtesy of the back cover:
Comic book artist Mike Mason arrives at San Diego comic-Con, seeking sanctuary with other fans and creators–and maybe a chance to reunite with his ex–but when his romantic rival is found murdered, Mike becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, he’ll have to navigate every corner of the con, from zombie obstacle courses and cosplay flash mobs to intrusive fans and obsessive collectors, as he unravels a dark secret behind one of the industry’s most legendary creators. Along the way he’s sketching everything he sees…This illustrated mystery will appeal to comic book fans and anyone who appreciates an unconventional whodunit.