Matchstick Men by Eric Garcia
A Novel of Petty Crimes

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The inspiration behind Ridley Scott’s new movie—starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell—by the acclaimed cult author of Anonymous Rex

Roy and Frankie are matchstick men—con artists. Partners in elegant crimes for years, they know each other like brothers and have perfected the rules of the game. Roy is the careful one, saves every penny. Frankie is the adventurous one, hungry for a big score. He wants Roy to join him in running a tricky game, but Roy is distracted by the discovery that he is the father of a punky teenage daughter from a brief marriage that ended years ago. The kid wants to get to know her father. She also wants to learn the family business. Novelist Eric Garcia takes readers into the fast and funny world of grifters with issues. Matchstick Men is a dazzling literary con game that will keep readers guessing until the last page.


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About Eric Garcia

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is the author of several novels, including "Matchstick M is the author of several novels, including "Matchstick Men", which was made into a feature film directed by Ridley Sen", which was made into a feature film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Nicolas Cage, and the Anonymous Rex seriescott and starring Nicolas Cage, and the Anonymous Rex series. A native of Miami, Florida, he now lives in Southern Calif. A native of Miami, Florida, he now lives in Southern California with his wife, two daughters, and a dog. ornia with his wife, two daughters, and a dog.
 
Published December 18, 2008 by Random House. 241 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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Roy, who’s thinking of maybe retiring, keeps his obsessive-compulsive disorder in check with pills from Dr. Mancuso—except that the doc has moved, and until Frankie gets Roy shrunk by Dr. Klein, he’s almost certifiable.

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Roy is a careful, fiscally prudent and emotionally barren con man suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder—really suffering, now that his psychiatrist has left town and Roy has run out of his medication.

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Floating above the title on the cover of Eric Garcia's slim thriller Matchstick Men is a sticker advising readers to "read next summer's big movie this winter."

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Entertainment Weekly

Although Matchstick Men lacks the emotional depth of Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem's 1999 tale of a hood with Tourette's), Ray's deteriorating grip on reality and the complications that follow prove just right for a quick read or a light movie -- which is probably why Ridley Scott is ...

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Reviewing the Evidence

It is important that fans of the Rex books by Garcia realize that this book does not hold up to his previous works and use this information when deciding whether to read this book or not.

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Roy becomes a proud papa indeed as he watches Angela rip off a poor woman of $300 in a Laundromat (he makes her give it back), and through the ups and downs of their newfound relationship, the bond they establish through shared swindling holds them together.

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