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The Empress File (Kidd)

The Empress File (Kidd)

The Empress File (Kidd)

The ultimate con game thriller from the bestselling master of suspense, featuring the con artist team of Kidd and LuEllen.

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3 comments on “The Empress File (Kidd)

  1. 18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Intriguing thriller, July 28, 2003
    By 
    Louise (Copenhagen V, Denmark) –

    This review is from: The Empress File (Kidd) (Mass Market Paperback)

    I love John Sandford’s Prey-series, and thought I would also check out the Kidd-series. The Empress File is the second in this series, but the first one I’ve read.

    The computer-expert/artist/con-man Kidd receives a call late at night from his online friend Bobby, asking him to go to the town of Longstreet, where a black kid has been shot by the cops. The town is covering up this shooting, as it was the wrong boy who got shot.

    The town’s underground hard-core black politicians are mad, about the killing of the black boy which is just the latest thing in a row of injustices, redneck racism and corruption in this small Southern town.
    Kidd is asked to help developing a scheme, making the current city council fall. His on and off lover, the burglar LuEllen, is brought in as his sidekick, and the story takes off.
    There were some intrigues in this story concerning political stuff and computer technicalities that I couldn’t quite figure out, but the story moves quickly along, and it is overall a fast and easy read. Some of the rednecks and their methods stand out as particular bad, and the freaky new-age mayor is also a good character.
    Though I am not rating this story a 5 star read, I am sure I will read the other Kidd-novels by John Sandford.

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  2. 16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Another good Kidd/LuEllen novel., June 30, 2001
    By 
    Old Fisherman “Jim” (Orange, California USA) –

    This review is from: The Empress File (Kidd) (Mass Market Paperback)

    Kidd, master computer hacker, and LuEllen, master burglar are hired by a local action committee to discredit the mayor of a small Mississippi town. The mayor is corrupt, along with the group of selectmen who govern with her and the honest people in town want to take their town back. Kidd and LuEllen swing into action but things go wrong and two of the honest folk are murdered. And then Kidd himself is captured. Will he die in the dreaded vacuum chamber or will LuEllen be able to rescue him before it’s too late.

    The Kidd and LuEllen novels were originally written by John Sandford under his own name, John Camp, and as such pre-date his more successful “Prey” novels. The Kidd novels are just as good if you can overlook the outdated computer technology Kidd uses (that was cutting edge when the novels were written). The writing is great, characterization is right on and the dialog sparkles. As others have suggested read “The Fools Run” first to get a little background on both Kidd and LuEllen. I’d recommend this book.

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  3. 18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Another great novel., August 30, 1999
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Empress File (Kidd) (Mass Market Paperback)

    This author is very talented. Kidd and LuEllen are back in the saddle again (read The Fool’s Run first). The plot was well thought out and consistent. The action keeps drawing the reader along. Hopefully, there will be more of this series (can two books make a series?). More of a con game than a mystery thriller, this book and the Fool’s Run are just as good as the Prey series. Encore.

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