White Cat (Mass Market Paperbound)
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The first installment in The Curse Workers series from New York Times bestselling author Holly Black: "Urban fantasy, con story--whatever you call it, read it" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Cassel comes from a family of con artists and grifters, all of them curse workers but him. On top of that, Cassel is plagued by guilt that he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago. When Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila, and what that means about his actions. In Cassel's search for answers about Lila and himself, he realizes that his brothers have been conning him for years, and that the final piece in their quest for power is about to fall into place. Cassel has other ideas. He's going to create an even more elaborate trap and, with Lila's help, con a bunch of magic using conmen. This "beautifully realized dark fantasy...with prose that moves from stark simplicity to almost surreal intensity in a moment" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is rife with the unexpected. "Readers will be hooked" (Booklist) on White Cat.