Welcome to CLUB DECEPTION where nothing is what it seems …and love may be the most dangerous illusion of all.
Claire Fredericksson is the beating heart of CLUB DECEPTION, LA’s most exclusive society of magicians. She’s the Queen Bee of Magician WAGs (“Wives and Girlfriends”), and the real genius behind her philandering husband Jonathan’s award-winning magic show, but her debilitating stage fright has kept her out of the limelight. Until Claire’s life is upended by the arrival of two new women to the closed group of magicians’ wives- Jessica, a young trophy wife with a secret; and Kaimi, an art expert looking for the long- lost Erdnase papers by posing as a girlfriend. When a magician rivalry and a stolen routine erupt into murder, the women must uncover the truth and set things right for the men they love. With a cast of endurance experts, Vegas stage stars, close-up card handlers and a pick-up artist or two this glamorous novel weaves a tale of murder and fame, and many, many illusions.
“Every magician has another magician he hates. Doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist or a top performer, a stage illusionist or a close-up expert. Somewhere, for whatever reason, another magician hates you.”
He regarded her carefully. “You’ve given this speech before.”
“I try to warn the new wives. Most of them have no idea what they’re getting into.”
“What are they getting into?”
She dismissed him with a wave. “Oh, I don’t know. Disillusionment. Misdirection. Now you see him, now you don’t.”
“I thought that was every marriage.”
“A lot of magicians—the good ones, anyway—lead a double life. It can be disconcerting to discover. On the other hand . . . he might make us float. He might make us fly.” She sounded far away, and her pale-green eyes shimmered like gemstones. He was certain a tear would slip down her cheek but she kept it at bay, perhaps through sheer willpower.
“Is that why you married Jonathan?” he asked.
“No.” She looked straight at him. “I wanted to disappear. And that was the only way I knew how.”