The Texas Twist (Radar Hoverlander Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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"Vorhaus keeps things moving briskly, and Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen fans should be pleased."--Publishers Weekly

After pulling world-class cons in California and New Mexico, Radar Hoverlander and his crew, including girlfriend and grift artist Allie Quinn and their hapless buddy Vic Mirplo, are back in action, this time in Austin. So many rich fools to bamboozle--but is...
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The Texas Twist (Radar Hoverlander Series #3)

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Overview

"Vorhaus keeps things moving briskly, and Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen fans should be pleased."--Publishers Weekly

After pulling world-class cons in California and New Mexico, Radar Hoverlander and his crew, including girlfriend and grift artist Allie Quinn and their hapless buddy Vic Mirplo, are back in action, this time in Austin. So many rich fools to bamboozle--but is Radar having a crisis of conscience? A smart, fast-paced, funny work--crime caper fiction at its best.

John Vorhaus introduced the charming con man Radar Hoverlander in the novel California Roll, followed by Albuquerque Turkey; The Texas Twist is the third Radar novel.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vorhaus’s well-plotted third Radar Hoverlander novel (after 2011’s The Albuquerque Turkey) takes the second-generation con man to Austin, Tex., where Radar—assisted by girlfriend Allie Quinn and partner Vic Mirplo—tries to help neighbor Sarah Crandall avoid a scam. Adam Ames has persuaded a desperate Sarah that he can save the life of her 10-year-old son, Jonah, who has dysesthesia, a rare and fatal disease. Things get complex quickly when it becomes unclear whether Sarah is Ames’s target or if Radar and friends are the target of Ames and Sarah. In a kind of Spy vs. Spy game, the two sides each seek an edge in a contest of wits that leads to a showdown at an April 1 costume shindig orchestrated by the manic Mirplo. Grifters take pride in not resorting to violence, but the threat of violence is real as a frantic battle royal caps this amusing caper. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938849084
  • Publisher: Prospect Park Books
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Series: Radar Hoverlander Series, #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 493 KB

Meet the Author

John Vorhaus: John Vorhaus first introduced the charming con man Radar Hoverlander in the novel California Roll, followed by Albuquerque Turkey; The Texas Twist is the third Radar novel. Vorhaus is also the author of the bestselling writers' guide The Comic Toolbox, as well as many popular books on poker.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    This book makes me want to read the other two books that came be

    This book makes me want to read the other two books that came before it. It holds a key element to all crime fiction books- the unexpected. It leaves you guessing and wanting more- which is a great thing.

    John does a great job at giving the reader characters that they will love. The development and attention to them is spot on. The arcs are developed in a way that does not leave the characters stagnant, nor are they in CONSTANT change.

    The story is fast-paced, but not so quick that the reader is lost in the first page. Instead it's like driving in a fast car, get in, shut up, and hang on because you know you're in for one hell of a ride.

    I really enjoyed this book. And I hope John writes lots more!

    I recommend it for all action lovers out there. It's a great read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    The Texas Twist takes place in Austin, Texas, and we find Radar,

    The Texas Twist takes place in Austin, Texas, and we find Radar, Allie and Vic still together, and Radar is thinking of making a few changes in his life. However he finds himself immersed once again in a caper, all while attempting to extricate himself from the grifter life.

    I love Radar. He's what I referred to in my review of The California Roll as an "honorable con artist". Born into the grifter life, he knows nothing else, but you get the feeling that he's uncomfortable with his life and his actions. Now, in the third book surrounding his life, he is beginning to truly question who he is and what he's doing, and seeking a way out. He seems to want to become a a truly honest man.

    His girlfriend Allie is saucy and smart as ever, and partner Vic is outrageous as ever. You're never quite sure what to make of Vic. One second he appears to be a bumbling idiot, and the next he's a freakin' genius. You get the feeling that it is all a farce, and you don't actually know the real Vic.

    Author Vorhaus can be deceiving. Sometimes with the silly, light-heartedness and relaxed manner with which he writes, you forget what a talented storyteller lies behind it all. You're just enjoying the ride. Then you’ll read a passage that will remind you once again that the author really knows his way around the English language!

    My final word: Crafty, verbose and essentially honest and good-hearted underneath it all, Radar is a character for whom you can cheer. He's sort of the Dexter of con artists. He may be doing bad things, but as long as he does them to the bad guys, you love every minute of it! And author John Vorhaus makes it all just plain fun to read!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Sort of a cross between The Sting and a Carl Hiassen novel, the

    Sort of a cross between The Sting and a Carl Hiassen novel, the Texas Twist is a smart, fast, and funny story about a master con man and his crew. It's hard to know who's conning who, and the journey to find out is a whole lot of fun.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Book two not offered

    If you purchase and want book one and two.....good luck. Book two is not listed. I'll pass on this.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Too profound reviews are a put down

    Two more hansens two too much they do save me from profound mistakes without cluttering archive with samples

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Not for me

    When I saw this author compared to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen I was thrilled. But I didn't care for this book at all. The writing is too clever by half, so full of puns and alliteration that it's distracting. I felt like the author was one of those Mensa characters who just has to show off how clever he is, to the point that you can never make a real connection. The protagonist, a con man, does not seem sympathetic or endearing or to me. However, two stars just because this may really be exactly someone else's cup of tea. It is certainly competently written, no disastrous grammatical errors or typos.

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