The Empress File (Kidd Series #2)

The Empress File (Kidd Series #2)

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by John Sandford

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The ultimate con game thriller from the bestselling master of suspense, featuring the con artist team of Kidd and LuEllen.


The ultimate con game thriller from the bestselling master of suspense, featuring the con artist team of Kidd and LuEllen.

Editorial Reviews

Classic stings.
Carl Hiaasen
Impossible to resist.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Classic stings.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Camp's witty, engrossing sequel to The Fool's Run brings back artist/narrator Kidd, who makes the most of his skills as a kind of computer-mercenary. A beautiful black activist wants Kidd to help her oust the ``respectable'' people who are running the small Mississippi delta city of Longstreet, in the process lining their pockets. Kidd and friend/lover/burglar Luellen pose as arty tourists on a houseboat in a plan to flimflam the greedy gang and dig into their hidden bank accounts and stashes of diamonds, stamps, coins, etc. But the caper turns murderous as they run up against a sadistic chief of the department of ``animal control.'' Playing the good guys off the bad, who are led by ditzy, dangerous Mayor Chenille Dessusdelit,sp ok Kidd and Luellen wonder if they'll escape with their skins, and the loot, as events sweep them to a gory climax and bittersweet ending. This is a fast-moving, stylish delight, with dialogue that crackles. Camp also writes as John Sanford ( Shadow Prey ) . (Apr.)
Library Journal
Kidd, the rogue Tarot-reading computer-whiz-for-hire introduced in Fool's Run ( LJ 9/1/89) is back in another well-written suspense yarn. When good citizens of a small Mississippi town enlist his talents to clean up their corrupt local government, Kidd and a lovely cat-burglar cohort set up a scam operation designed to force the politicians' resignations. Cards and computers are important to the plot again, but more action and violence makes this a much livelier story than Fool's Run . The imaginative con scheme is clever yet believable, but the biggest thrills occur when events don't go as planned. Top-drawer escapist fare. Highly recommended for public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/90; as John Sandford, Camp is also the author of the forthcoming Eyes of Prey, Putnam, April, previewed in Prepub Alert LJ 1/91)-- Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Kidd Series , #2
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553 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Carl Hiaasen
"Impossible to resist."
Robert B. Parker
"Sandford grabs you by the throad and never lets go."

Meet the Author

"Like the best writers in this genre—Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain among them—John Sandford evokes his netherworld with authentic dialogue and meticulous details."—Minneapolis Star Tribune

John Sandford is the pseudonym of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. Camp was born in 1944 and was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and received his first training as a journalist and reporter when he was in Korea for 15 months working for his base paper.

After the army, Camp spent 10 months working for the Cape Girardeau Se Missourian newspaper before returning to the University of Iowa for his Masters in Journalism. From 1971 to 1978, he worked as a general assignment reporter for the Miami Herald, covering killings and drug cases, among other beats, with his colleague, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edna Buchanan.

In 1978, Camp joined the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a features reporter. He became a daily columnist at the newspaper in 1980. In the same year, he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for an article he wrote on the Native American communities in Minnesota and North Dakota and their modern day social problems. In 1986, Camp won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for a series of articles on the farm crisis in the Midwest.

Camp has written fourteen books in the bestselling "Prey" series under the name John Sandford. The titles in this series, which features Lucas Davenport, include Rules of Prey, Shadow Prey, Eyes of Prey, Silent Prey, Winter Prey, Night Prey, Mind Prey, Sudden Prey, Secret Prey, Certain Prey, Easy Prey, Chosen Prey, Naked Prey, Broken Prey, Invisible Prey, and now, Phantom Prey.

With the "Prey" series, Sandford has displayed a brilliance of characterization and pace that has earned him wide praise and made the books national bestsellers. He has been hailed as a "born storyteller" (San Diego Tribune), his work as "the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller you can't put down" (Chicago Tribune), and Davenport as "one of the most engaging (and iconoclastic) characters in contemporary fiction." (Detroit News)

Brief Biography

St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism

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The Empress File (Kidd Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
nursejamie More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a high school student wrote it. The plot was not thrilling at all, I didn't like the characters, and I didn't feel like any of it was really happening. I never got into this book, but rather drudged through it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbreakable. <P> Thats what I thought he was. He was cold, more of a machine than a man. He cared little for anyone, not even me, his best friend.<P> Of course, I'm talking about Sherlock Holmes. Emotions, to him, are more of a hindrance than a blessing, and he would rather die than to admit his feelings for someone.<P> But sometimes, he's human. Just like you or me. But even more so. <P> Sherlock came home one night, exausted. He had been out for 2 whole days, solving a murder, and probably hadnt eaten or slept at all in those 48 hours. I had gotten a text from him to get a pot of coffee ready, and I had. I gave him a mug, and he downed it in 1 swallow. <P> Suddenly, he staggered forward, and his head dropped against my shoulder- and he burst into tears, his whole body shaking. <P> "Sherlock?!" He couldnt even answer, just sobbed and shook. He seemed small, vulnerable, wrapped in the great shadow of his black coat.<P> Awkwardly, I put my arms around his shoulders, and finally, he spoke.<P> "Death, John, Death!" He gasped. "Everywhere around me is death! I breathe, sleep, and live DEATH! And yet the greatest irony is that I fear it! I fear it more than anything!" I held his shaking shoulders, looking into his eyes, trying to calm him down. <P> "Why, Sherlock?" His red-rimmed eyes stared up into mine. "I have nothing to look forward to when I die. I have no heart, no emotions. Any good I do is out of my own self-interest. When I die, there will be nothing for me but torment...and I'll never be able to outsmart God." <P> I took off his coat and hung it on the rack, then got him another cup of coffee and a blanket. He sat on the couch, staring blankly into his cup, the blanket wrapped around him for hours. The next day, it seemed as if nothing had happened at all. He was fine. <P> That was the first time. He broke down about 6 times in our first years together. But then...the horrible Reichenbach fall...<P> It took me almost 3 years to recover, but I thought it was completely behind me. <P> Until Sherlock showed up again. <P> Thankfully, he survived our first encounter back together again. And even the second. I (eventually) started blogging about him again. He was even the best man at my wedding. <P> But no matter what, no matter how many cases he solves, how much fame he acquires, how annoying he is, all I can see, when I take the time to truly look at Sherlock, is that broken, childlike figure, who cries about death, and fears what is to come. I'm not a religious man, but if God in Heaven can't have mercy on that poor, frightened man, then absolutely no one on Earth can recieve mercy.
Sassyg1rl More than 1 year ago
I stumbled on a Kidd novel years ago and then read a second...somehow missing this gem when reading Prey and Flower series. So glad I filled in the blank. Sandford is a genius writer and the Kidd series makes the reader think.
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Sandford delivers again: good plot, great action. Loved it!
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Brook_W More than 1 year ago
Another in the Kidd series or revenge of the computer nerds! How gullible bad guys can be for Kidd's version of the long con.
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