Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: The Con Artists Next Door: Three Short Stories by Sophia Han

Genre: Suspense/Women’s Fiction/Short Story Collection


“Bernie Madoff. Charles Ponzi. Nigerian princes. We recognize the names of famous con artists, but can we detect the con artists right in front of us? In three short stories, Sophia Han explores how we can be deceived by people we think we know.

My Boyfriend, My Thief: A woman searches for her identity thief while failing to see the clues right in front of her.

Confessions of a Phone Scammer: A phone bank operator shares what happens at a work-from-home call center.

For Richer or Poorer: A wife debates the limits of her loyalty when her husband falls for a multilevel marketing scheme.”


Sophia Han is a library volunteer and author who lives in the Detroit metro area.


Although each of the three stories in this collection have some common threads, each is unique, coming at the idea of being conned from a different angle. In each one the identity of the con artist and who they were conning was obvious to the reader. Where the tension came about was in wondering how it was going to end. Who was going to get hurt? Would the con artist get hurt or pay for their scam in some way? What did I want to see happen to whom?

This was a welcome change of pace. A quick, entertaining read.

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Format/Typo Issues:

A small number of typos and proofing errors.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 14-15,000 words

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