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Leverage: The Con Job Is on Sale Now

ConJobCoverMy latest novel, The Con Job, hits shelves today — December 31, 2012 — all across the land. It’s the first novel based on the hit TV show Leveragewhich sadly aired its final episode on Christmas night, ending a wonderful five-year run. Two others are slated for later in the year: The Zoo Job by Keith R. A. DeCandido and The Bestseller Job by Greg Cox. 

The Con Job is set at Comic-Con International, the annual pop-culture entertainment festival held in San Diego every July. I’ve gone to the show several times, and it’s the place where I first met one of the show’s creators, John Rogers, long before Leverage ever hit screens. It’s one of my favorite events of the year, and by the time you finish the book, I hope you’ll see why.

The set-up for the plot is that a crook is ripping off aging comic-book artists, then turning around and selling their art in an auction at Comic-Con, with much of the proceeds supposedly going to the Hero Initiative, a real-life organization that helps support ailing comic-book creators in need. The Leverage crew — a team of thieves who use their abilities to do good — discover that the money will be stolen instead, and they set a plan of their own in motion to recover the artwork and the cash and give the crook his due.

As you might imagine, I had an absolute ball writing this book. I jammed in as many pop-culture references as I could, dropped the names of many comic-book industry friends, and even engineered some head-tripping encounters with Wil Wheaton’s villainous character from the show, Cha0s. In many ways, it’s a love letter to both the con and the show itself.

Now that the show’s over, it falls to the books to carry on in its stead. Go grab the book, and give it a read. I hope you find it lives up to the show that spawned it. Here’s the summary from the back of the book:

The rich and powerful take what they want. We steal it back for you.

When a disreputable dealer starts swindling aged and ailing comic-book creators out of their wealth—and their high-valued comics and artwork—the daughter of one victim comes to ex-insurance investigator Nathan Ford and his team of counter-crooks for help.

Their scheme: run a con at the Comic-Con International, where the crook intends to sell the goods. But there’s more going on than simple theft. An arson plot is in motion that will not only destroy countless rare collectibles, but may end up costing lives.

With time short, the team must take down a ruthless mark whose true motives have yet to be revealed…

You can purchase The Con Job at better bookstores everywhere. You can also find it online at:

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      Thanks, William! If you feel like posting a review someplace, that would be wonderful. Be sure to let me know. Either way, I’m thrilled you enjoyed it.

      1. How daft am I? I sought you out yet didn’t think to leave a review on the iBooks Store. I’ll go do that right now. Though that reminds me: I had to use my US iTunes Store account to get it; do you know if the books are coming to the non-US stores too?

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          Thanks again! Sadly, Penguin tells me they only have the rights to publish the books in the US and US territories. I’m glad you were able to get around that.

          1. Me too. There’s a publisher here called Titan Books that I’d bet money will buy the rights for the UK. I write Doctor Who fiction but for the audio drama range at Big Finish and my books are published by the British Film Institute: if either of them would ever do Leverage, I’d be pointing them at whoever owns the rights this second.

            I’ve now posted a review and I hope you get to do more.

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            Thanks much! I know Titan well. In fact, I know an editor there. Hmm…

            Either way, good luck with your Doctor Who work. Big Finish does a fine job with that line.

  1. I’m really loving the book right now! It seriously captures the show very well. I’m happy to pick this up after the show just finished too. The book sure fills in this appetite I still crave for some Leverage even after the series’ ending. Reading the book feels like watching an even more enriched episode! Just like a regular episode with something more! Great job on descriptions of the con too! Felt like I was walking right alongside the team too since I’m familiar with the San Diego area and what it feels like to be in huge conventions. Absolutely fantastic job sir! Glad you were able to work on this novel for the show!

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      Not as the moment, as far as I know. I believe Penguin will want to see how these three do before they commission any others. Either way, I hope you enjoy reading them all!

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