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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Born To Hustle is a compelling work of crime fiction penned by author Edward A. Dreyfus. Focusing on the bonds between twins, issues of identity and the struggle to survive a difficult and abusive childhood, our story centers on identical twin brothers Alan and Brian from the moment they are born. Their mother, Martina, is a very loving woman, but their alcohol-soaked father, Lucas, turns their childhood into a nightmare. The boys are bonded by the experience, growing into quick-witted young men with sharp minds and a passion for hustling. But their us-against-the-world days come to an end as a female grifter enters the scene, threatening to unpick the psychological security they’ve had for all these years.
The novel begins from the earliest influences of the brothers, starting slowly and building up towards a life of conning and grifting where the pair seems to be able to do no wrong in their quest for power. Author Edward A. Dreyfus presents a truly charming set of heroes with a strong personal bond, writing with snappy, witty dialogue that shows us their silver tongues and skills for hoodwinking those around them. The psychological elements in the second half of the book have some superb emotional depth, as both Brian and Alan explore their heritage, history and personal feelings in the face of the new challenges ahead of them. For readers seeking a unique and interesting crime novel from the perspective of the would-be criminals, Born To Hustle will prove a very enjoyable read.