An enormously assured first novel
A rollicking good read.
An audaciously plotted and wonderfully camp adventure.
Brilliantly inventive and constantly surprising ... you're unlikely to read a better book this year.
A magnificent achievement. The plot is endlessly inventive and surprising and pulls the reader through some very complicated events in the most compelling way.
This is the curtain-raiser for an intricately structured feast of a novel...a wonderful swirling novel
Carter Beats the Devil is a cracking murder mystery unfurling the genteel milleu
An extraordinary story ... a daredevil feat of writing that will remind you how much fun reading can be
Spellbinding ... An inventively plotted novel that despite its size manages to surprise at every twist.
A top-hat-and-tails performance...suspenseful, compendious, moving and persuasive
With elements of the whodunnit and, crucially for a book about magic tricks, the howdunnit, this is a four-course meal of a novel
A stormer of a novel, this is the perfect read for people who despise airport blockbusters yet find themselves on aeroplanes longing for a good, meaty page turner
This pacy book rips along to a marvellous and truly unexpected denouement
Engaging, comical and, yes, magical, this is a sure-fire contender for the debut novel of the year.
Mesmerising ... the plot turns a dazzling array of somersaults ... Savour its every page
Carter Beats the Devil is all the things a good novel should be ... A daredevil achievement. Bravo.
It's refreshing to see an author so obviously into his characters and debut novelist Glen David Gold radiates enthusiasm in his tale of magician Charles Carter, implicated in the death of 29th US president Warren Harding. What's most unbelievable about this stagey set-up is that it's based on actual events. The droll, good-natured narrative never stumbles over 600 pages and Gold's characters, the endearingly troubled Carter at the top of the bill, sit so naturally in the proceedings they positively seem to enjoy being part of his show. Encore please!
This was many critics' choice for book of the year in 2001, and a first novel that's hard to fault. The plotting is so immaculate, and the themes of illusion and deception so well executed, it's utterly mesmerising.