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Dizzy City

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After he’s wounded on the front lines of WWI, English deserter Ben Cramb arrives in NYC armed only with the ingenuity of a budding con artist. Avuncular flim-flammer Julius McAteer takes Ben under his wing and sics him on cattleman Henry Jergens, an ostensibly easy mark. But nothing is as it seems. The intricate crime drama plays out like a blindfolded chess match; Ben’s postwar paranoia and a romance with a secretive actress only add to the delicious confusion. Nicholas Griffin deftly shifts among three different narrators in Dizzy City, parceling out unexpected revelations with the confident wink of an experienced hustler. A-