“Gangsters and canoodling bombshells, goodhearted galoots, sinister gadgets, and an African giant pouched rat can add up to only one thing: Glen and Stan are back in this new hardboiled thriller with a heart by Paul Di Filippo. Do yourself a favor: make with the feet to your favorite joint and scam a couple of hours with The Deadly Kiss-Off, the funniest caper to come down the pike this year.” —Elizabeth Hand, Nebula Award–winning author of Hard Light and Wylding Hall
Two high-flying con men stumble upon a lone scientist and his half-genius, half-addlepated invention, which seems to promise a big payoff if they can dupe the right buyers. But infidelity, gangsters, foreign governments, and their own greed offer stumbling blocks galore.
Glen and Stan, the Odd Couple of scamdom, are back from their Big Get-Even adventure with another get-rich-quick-or-go-down-in-flames scheme.
As part of their trafficking in counterfeit merch, they are looking to turn a few pallets of Grade Z computer chips into some military hardware sure to interest dictators and despots and drug lords around the globe. Bankrolled by a greedy local crime boss, they hope to promote a half-genius, half-addlepated invention from a naive and principled inventor into a bonanza. But no one ever counts on complications arising from a wayward wife, some sexy Eurotrash go-betweens, and a lonely entrepreneurial girlfriend who finds her native tropical isle conducive to a troublesome loosening of morals. Add in a most unconventional explosives expert, and you have a caper half hilarious, half deadly, and 100 percent entertaining.
“Glen and Stan, the scammers from Di Filippo’s fine The Big Get-Even are with us again, looking to realize what narrator Glen aptly calls ‘dreams of quick, unearned wealth’…This deserves a recommendation for the fine writing and the intriguing look into the mechanics of big-deal thievery.” —Booklist
“The Deadly Kiss-Off by Paul Di Filippo is another of the author’s original and thoroughly entertaining novels by a master of an impressively effective and reader-engaging narrative storytelling style.” —Midwest Book Review
“Like its predecessor The Big Get-Even, the opening novel in the series, The Deadly Kiss-Off is a wild, forceful, and fierce expedition through the low-life lived as the high-life. The author’s crew of miscreants, like Westlake’s Dortmunder Gang, is lovable and pitiable, the grand scheme of this novel burns as a plan gone agley. Paul Di Filippo fills Westlake’s missing place in the suspense canon triumphantly.” —Barry N. Malzberg
“The Big Get-Even introduced us to Glen and Stan, two con men with oversized ambitions. The prolific author now provides us with an action-packed sequel, The Deadly Kiss-Off, about a dubious invention and the power-grab that follows.” —East Side Monthly
Paul Di Filippo sold his first story in 1977. Since then, he has written and published over two hundred more, as well as several novels, amounting to roughly thirty-five books. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his partner, Deborah Newton.
Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’s Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and has won several Earphones Awards.