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Title:
The Kortelisy escape / Leonard Rosen.
ISBN:
9781579625429
Publication Information:
Sag Harbor, NY : Permanent Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
302 pages ; 25 cm
Abstract:
Caught in a Three Strikes law that sends him to prison for life, Nate Larson negotiates with prosecutors for an early release in exchange for testifying against his brother in an upcoming trial. As part of the deal, he demands custody of his fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Grace, who's survived a string of disastrous foster homes. Nate studied close-up magic during his time in prison. He's good, and despite her wariness Grace joins him for a touring magic show of New England. Nate's actual plan: to spenda few pleasant months with his granddaughter then run alone to Canada in hopes of undermining the case against his brother, who's been falsely accused of trafficking. Pressure comes from that direction, too, from the actual traffickers who have hijackedthe family's legitimate, though secretive, connections to Eastern Europe and the Ukrainian village of Kortelisy. Facing certain violence unless he runs, distraught at the prospect of wounding Grace unless he stays, Nate must thread a dangerous needle. AndGrace, learning to perform some magic herself, must grow up in a hurry if she's to save the only person she has ever trusted. The Kortelisy Escape is a moving, unlikely love story narrated in alternating chapters by Grace and Nate Larson. It's also a coming-of-age story enriched by mounting tension and large questions concerning magic, loyalty and wonder. It's a book for young and old, intergenerational book clubs especially.
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Caught in a Three Strikes law that sends him to prison for life, Nate Larson negotiates with prosecutors for an early release in exchange for testifying against his brother in an upcoming trial. As part of the deal, he demands custody of his fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Grace, who's survived a string of disastrous foster homes. Nate studied close-up magic during his time in prison. He's good, and despite her wariness Grace joins him for a touring magic show of New England. Nate's actual plan: to spend a few pleasant months with his granddaughter then run alone to Canada in hopes of undermining the case against his brother, who's been falsely accused of trafficking. Pressure comes from that direction, too, from the actual traffickers who have hijacked the family's legitimate, though secretive, connections to Eastern Europe and the Ukrainian village of Kortelisy. Facing certain violence unless he runs, distraught at the prospect of wounding Grace unless he stays, Nate must thread a dangerous needle. And Grace, learning to perform some magic herself, must grow up in a hurry if she's to save the only person she has ever trusted. The Kortelisy Escape is a moving, unlikely love story narrated in alternating chapters by Grace and Nate Larson. It's also a coming-of-age story enriched by mounting tension and large questions concerning magic, loyalty and wonder. It's a book for young and old, intergenerational book clubs especially.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this quirkily endearing gem of a crime novel from Rosen (The Tenth Witness), 66-year-old convict Nate Larson agrees to testify against his brother, Dima, who's charged with human trafficking in an upcoming mob-related trial, in return for parole and custody of his 14-year-old granddaughter, Grace, who has been raised in a series of foster homes. Having learned stage magic in prison, Nate plans to go on a magic tour of New England with Grace as his assistant, then escape into Canada after his last performance to avoid testifying against Dima. Gangster Maxim Petrov, who has taken over Dima's Boston area grocery business, a front for smuggling young Ukrainian women into the U.S., has other ideas. As with any magic trick, nothing is as it appears, as Grace discovers while learning to trust a man burdened by a lifetime of secrets. Meanwhile, Nate must outdo Houdini if he's to save himself and his family in the greatest escape trick of his life. Distinctive characters, a tightly woven plot, and polished prose make this a winner. (Oct.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.