Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
Holly Black?is the bestselling?author of?the Spiderwick series. Her Modern Faerie Tales series is comprised of "Tithe, " which was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens and received starred reviews in "Publishers Weekly "and "Kirkus Reviews"; "Valiant, " which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a "Locus" Magazine Recommended Read, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and?"Ironside", ?the sequel to?"Tithe", was a "New York Times" bestseller. "White Cat", the first book in the Curse Workers series, was a -->Kirkus Reviews" Best Book, and
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