The Face Thief by Eli Gottlieb
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Author of the New York Times Notable Book The Boy Who Went Away—winner of the Rome Prize and the British Society of Authors’ McKitterick Prize—Eli Gottlieb returns with The Face Thief. A powerfully dark and gripping tale of two men obsessed with one very charismatic, very  damaged woman who’s determined to con from each of them everything she needs to survive, The Face Thief offers highest quality psychological suspense—an ideal follow up to the author’s  masterful  Now You See Him. A writer who can do no wrong, Eli Gottlieb shines with The Face Thief—an effective, provocative, and all around extraordinary novel, written with the literary flair and power of Ian McEwan and rich in its searing portraits of fallible lovers and marriages under siege.
 

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Eli Gottlieb is the author of Now You See Him and The Boy Who Went Away, which was a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the prestigious Rome Prize and the McKitterick Prize, given by the British Society of Authors. Born in New York City, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by William Morrow. 259 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She already has a target in her sights: John Potash, once a New York educator trapped in a boring marriage, now a transplant in Northern California, madly in love with his second wife and possessor of a sizable nest egg.

Jan 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Face Thief: A Novel

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Margot makes quite a "living" for herself this way, she poses as a seductive financial advisor, suckers men into giving her personal information, then robs them blind and disappears, heading to a new place, giving herself a new name.

Feb 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Face Thief: A Novel

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In “The Face Thief” by Eli Gottlieb, the reader is introduced to the charismatic Margot, a young woman who is recuperating after having fallen down a flight of stairs (or was she pushed?) We later learn, Margot has the skill to read people based on their facial expressions.

Jan 29 2012 | Read Full Review of The Face Thief: A Novel

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However, once she gets the dough, Margot splits, leaving the men half-baked and reeling with confusion and hatred.

Jun 07 2012 | Read Full Review of The Face Thief: A Novel

Examiner

In his just released The Face Thief, readily availalable in all Denver’s new book outlets, Gottlieb creates an exciting psychological buildup explaining how the character Margot bcame a remorseless scam artist delighting in the havoc she creates in her randomly chosen victims’ lives.

Jan 26 2012 | Read Full Review of The Face Thief: A Novel

Book Reporter

Gottlieb does a masterful job of showing rather than telling --- and he shows far more than what I have told you here --- as Billings, Potash and Margot fall back, regroup, and attempt to recover from the consequences of their individual actions.

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City Book Review

Margot, a beautiful enchantress, is a soulless predator who enhances her skills to manipulate others by enrolling in a workshop led by Lawrence Billings.

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Bookmarks Magazine

A powerfully dark and gripping tale of two men obsessed with one very charismatic, very damaged woman who’s determined to con from each of them everything she needs to survive, The Face Thief offers highest quality psychological suspense—an ideal follow up to the author’s masterful <e...

Jan 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Face Thief: A Novel

The Gleaner

The prime suspects are John Potash, defrauded of his life's savings by Margot, and Lawrence Billings, whose 'Physique of Finance' seminars Margot attended.

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