The Con Case

3rd Book In The Alice White Investigator Series

Fiction - Crime
358 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2018
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Author Biography

Author, Marc Hirsch, was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, New York City. He graduated Boston University School Of Medicine in 1969 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he completed his post-graduate medical training. He attended the American Indians when they first occupied the Island of Alcatraz in protest of their lands being taken and the federal policy of"assimilation" of their tribal cultures begun in the 1940s. He retired in 2011 and lives in Kentucky with his wife, Millie.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Con Case is the third book in The Alice White Investigator Series by Marc Hirsch, an intelligently plotted crime novel with characters that are compelling and interesting to follow. In a story set in New York in the ’50s, Alice White is investigating a ruthless gang of con artists. But it seems she is up against a very cunning enemy, the leader of the gang who gets a young man involved in their game and then frames him for murder. While Alice can see through the unconventional and sinister methods they use to ensure the loyalty of their recruits, she will have to match wits with the ruthless gang leader to succeed in saving a life and bringing the bad guys to justice. The only question is: Can she save her own life?

If you love sleuth novels, then this one will be a great read for you. I enjoyed the fact that Marc Hirsch has created a strong female protagonist and sent her into a world of wolves. Readers will easily feel connected to the protagonist, a character that is humanly flawed, but whose courage and intelligence compensate for her apparent flaws. Readers will also enjoy the way the villain, Pope, is developed; the kind of character whose wickedness and evil ways contradict everything we would admire in a hero. The Con Case is beautifully written, fast-paced and riveting, and readers will enjoy the emotional depth of the story. The author takes readers into the world of con artists and explores the psychology of deceit and manipulation in a very skillful way. This is a very satisfying read.

Kimberlee J Benart

The Con Case is the third book in The Alice White Investigator Series by Marc Hirsch. It continues the daring adventures of a law firm’s legal assistant and investigator, who is also an NYU law student at night, in exciting and colorful mid-1950s New York City. Three previous near-death experiences have left Alice wondering if criminal investigation is the kind of work she ought to do, even though it led her to her current boyfriend. But, when Michael Pope, a dangerous, abusive, wealthy “ruler” of a deadly sex-drugs-and-alcohol-infused “con game” empire, leaves a lot of victims in his wake, including the former boyfriend of a neighbor, Alice brings her investigative abilities to bear because, as a friend puts it, “Someone’s got to stand up for people who’re being pushed around.” The question is, will Alice get through this one alive, and who else will end up dead before it’s all through?

Although I haven’t read the first two books in the Alice White series, I never felt the lack of it as I read The Con Case. The story stands on its own, though readers will be inspired to go back and see what adventures they missed. Hirsch introduces a complex and interrelated cast of both savory and unsavory characters with consummate skill in narration, description, and development. Trust me, your emotions will become engaged very quickly in this one. I like Alice. She’s an intelligent, mature, and courageous yet vulnerable heroine. If you like crime fiction that keeps you on the edge of your seat, The Con Case is for you.