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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Vorhaus Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Radar Hoverlander Series Release Date:
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What do the Merlin Game, the Penny Skim, the Doolally Snadoodle, and the Afterparty Snuke have in common? They’re all the work of world-class con artist and master bafflegabber Radar Hoverlander. Radar’s been “on the snuke” since childhood, but he’s still looking for his California Roll, the one big scam that’ll set him up in sushi for life.

Trouble arrives in the stunning, sassy package of Allie Quinn—either the last true innocent or a con artist so slick she makes Radar look like a Quaker. Radar’s hapless sidekick, Vic Mirplo, a lovable loser who couldn’t con a kid out of a candy cane, thinks Radar is being played. But if love is blind, it’s also deaf, dumb, and stupid, and before Radar knows it, he’s sucked into a vortex of double-, triple-, and quadruple-crosses that’ll either net him his precious California Roll or put him in a hole in the ground.

As timeless as a perpetual motion machine and as timely as a Madoff arraignment, The California Roll brings you deep inside the world of con artistry, where every fact is fiction, and the second liar never has a chance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John Vorhaus sure knows his stuff—a little too well, if you ask me. The California Roll is a hilarious and highly suspicious ride into the world of grift. It’s an immensely enjoyable read and an excellent primer if you’re looking for a career change.”

    Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Revenge of the Spellmans

  • “Whether you’re a mook or a snuke, The California Roll is more than entertainment, it’s an education. Buyer beware: John Vorhaus will steal your money and hours of your life, giving you nothing in return but a great read—fast, funny, and very, very smart.”

    Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-winning author of A Date You Can’t Refuse

  • “I loved this comic caper with its twisty pretzel plot, clever invented language, and an attitude that’s Carl Hiaasen channeling Dane Cook.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “The writing is tight and wonderfully glib, and Vorhaus slyly, shrewdly hints that he’s snuking the reader. No caper-novel fan should miss this one.”


  • “[An] amusing thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gregory | 11/17/2013

    " Rolling with the grift, John Vorhaus does it best! Grreat book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doc & Charly | 10/11/2013

    " Fast paced, entertaining tale of grifters doing their thing. A Big Fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Huang | 9/15/2013

    " I'm a sucker for a good con -- and who isn't? THE CALIFORNIA ROLL by John Vorhaus is a doozy. Radar Hoverlander has been scamming folks all his life. From the moment he meets Allie Quinn, through, it's not clear whether he's on the snuke or if he's the mook. "Snuke?" "Mook?" No worries! They're both fabricats. Part of the fun is in Vorhaus' colorful bafflegab, which evokes Damon Runyon's colorful characters. The rest is in working through this elaborate con alongside Radar. It's a great ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by KJ Coop | 9/4/2013

    " This is a light read that can be finished in a few days. I enjoyed the dry humor. Had me laughing out loud many times. The vocabulary was more advanced than the fluff I've been reading recently and I appreciate the challenge of that. I didn't finish the book feeling like I'd been a educated, but I had been sufficiently entertained!! "

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About the Author
Author John Vorhaus

John Vorhaus is best known as the author of The Comic Toolbox: How to Be Funny Even if You’re Not. An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, and production companies in thirty countries on four continents. His own screenwriting credits include Married … with Children, Head of the Class, The Sentinel, and The Flash. He is also the author of the six-volume Killer Poker series, plus miscellaneous other books on the subject, including the novel Under the Gun.