First in the Eli Marks Mystery series, featuring a magician with some sleuthing tricks up his sleeve. "Intelligently written . . . entirely engrossing" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine).
The life of a magician isn't all kiddie shows and card tricks. Sometimes it's murder. Especially when magician Eli Marks very publicly debunks a famed psychic, and said psychic ends up dead. The evidence, including a bloody King of Diamonds playing card (one from Eli's own Ambitious Card routine), directs the police right to Eli.
As more psychics are slain, and more King cards rise to the top, Eli can't escape suspicion. Things get really complicated when romance blooms with a beautiful psychic, and Eli discovers she's the next target for murder, and he's scheduled to die with her. Now Eli must use every trick he knows to keep them both alive and reveal the true killer.
"This is a hugely entertaining crime novel, packed full of comedy. . . . Warm, funny and well-plotted—a book to brighten any grey day. Do read it!" —FictionFan's Book Reviews
"The Ambitious Card is a must read!" —Books and Looks
"Well, Dear Reader, would I recommend The Ambitious Card? Would I read another Eli Marks mystery? Yes, I would do both." —Charlie Britten, Write On
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John Gaspard (Author)
In real life, John's not a magician, but he has directed six low-budget features that cost very little and made even less – that's no small trick. He's also written multiple books on the subject of low-budget filmmaking. Ironically, they've made m...