When Dana is hired to track down a missing relic, we are treated to a little bit of ancient history. With her boyfriend Jake off on another photo shoot and a great deal of money as payment, Dana agrees to travel to Seattle to track down the missing royal scepter from the Ottoman Empire. Of course nothing is as it seems, and she returns home perplexed and tired.
The second story that is being explored in Sleight of Hand involves a missing prosecutor, her wealthy husband and an unsavory defense attorney who is a magician in the courtroom. As the book evolves these two stories seem to connect, and Dana's involvement leads to another interesting book in this particular series.
There are perhaps a few too many characters to make this a totally comfortable read, and the convoluted story lines add to the confusion, but Margolin has a way of bringing the reader back to where he/she needs to be, and I found myself more involved in the story the further I delved into it. I was glad to see Jake return home for a while, because his character tends to soften Dana and make us relate to her a bit more. While this author tends to victimize women more than I am comfortable with, he also portrays some strong female protagonists,
Sleight of Hand is a good example of Margolin's ability to tell a complicated story without losing his audience.
Publisher - HarperCollins Publishers
Date of Publication - April 9, 2013