In Crooked we meet someone who believes that, at the age of 16, she is headed toward great things. As an extremely successful con artist.
Ashia "Ash" Cox looks to have it all, she's good at her chosen career as a career criminal con artist and things are going well for her, her crew and her family.
That is until Harry Holmes, something of a big wig in the world of professional criminals, comes in to touch with Ash and her family. And he ruthlessly destroys all that Ash holds dear.
But Ash is not going to take this lying down. She manages to form an alliance with another con artist by the name of Esther Crook.
She's a legend amongst others of the fraternity, known for her ability to pull more than the wool over the eyes of unsuspecting marks.
Esther is more than willing to assist Ash because she has her own reasons to wish for harm to fall upon Harry Holmes and his cronies.
Ultimately Esther puts together a new crew with Ash at the heart of it. However, as the con progresses they feel that they are in a pincer movement with the law on one side and other criminals on the other.
As their plan progresses toward its fruition they begin to have some misgivings and uneasy feelings. Who is masterminding the situation? Who is really pulling the con? Who can they trust?
It's a riveting, pulse-quickening story about some anti-heroes that you will come to admire and, perhaps, love.
It's written by published author and Creative Writing Degree owning Bronwen John and will make a great Christmas gift this year.
It's from Matador at £9.99.