Janice O'Halloran 18 January 2012 - 12:18pm
A humble letter on hotel stationery, misleadingly dated the day after tomorrow, written but never intended to be posted, provides the intriguing opening to a compulsively readable novel of love and duplicity.
The central character, Maquil, an addictive gambler, moves seamlessly from charmer to conman, adopting the identity and lifestyle of each successive character, always it seems in search of himself. Quick witted and a smooth talker, he leaves in his wake a trail of abandoned children, deserted wives, girlfriends and creditors. Even when the game appears to be drawing to its conclusion, Maquil always seems to have one more card up his sleeve.
Immensely readable, this novel draws you in, inviting you to care about the characters and the melting pot of their lives and emotions.