Staying in with Ted Krever

Swindler & Son cover

When Ted Krever got in touch about one of his books I so loved the sound of it that, although I couldn’t in all honesty accept it onto my out of control TBR, I simply had to invite Ted onto Linda’s Book Bag to tell me more about it.

Staying in with Ted Krever

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Ted. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

Swindler & Son cover

I’ve brought Swindler & Son, which just published December 16th on Amazon in paperback and ebook. I’ve chosen it because it just published on Amazon in paperback and ebook (did I just say that?…oh yeah…) and because it’s a Christmas story, great reading for the holidays!

(I love the cover of Swindler & Son Ted. It makes me smile. A slightly belated Happy Publication Day too.)

Maybe a slightly demented Christmas story, I have to admit. Nicky Sandler and his mentor Harry provide fabled one-of-a-kind luxury items to well-heeled clients from their Paris office. For example: the first Birkin bag, the one offered to Jane Birkin by Hermes in exchange for the use of her name; the first Porsche racing car to win the LeMans 24-Hour race in 1970; the Mona Lisa – not the one in the Louvre, the one stolen from the Louvre in 1911.

(I didn’t think the Mona Lisa I saw in the Louvre was quite like your cover!)

But when Nicky finds the anti-terrorism task force keeping watch on his bedroom window, he’s forced into an international chase to find out what went wrong and fix it – or at least find someone else to take the blame.

(Swindler & Son sounds completely wacky to me!)

What can we expect from an evening in with Swindler & Son?

Hopefully, a few surprises and, like any decent book, a mirror on our bizarre, absurd world. I’ve written a book about fraud, kidnapping, money laundering, video-blogging on the Arabian Peninsula, the looting of ancient treasures and nuclear terrorism – naturally, it’s a comedy. I call it a screwball-comedy thriller. It’s also a romantic book, in a way – about love after marriage, grown-up love and also the love of a mentor. And also, the location of Napoleon’s penis, tips on the best way to smuggle art across a border and how to travel internationally without ever showing your passport. So you should expect to laugh but also to think a bit. Not too much – it is, after all, a Christmas comedy.

(I am actually speechless at that description Ted. I think I’m going to have to read Swindler & Son and find out more for myself.)

What else have you brought along and why?


Well, I’m bringing along some croissants from this wonderful hipster bakery my wife and I discovered right near the Canal Saint-Martin.  And a picture of our cat Goldie because every writer has to have a cat!


(It’s not just every writer who needs a cat Ted. I’d say every blogger needs one too and a house isn’t a home without one. I certainly miss my four and thing Goldie looks a real star.)

Thanks Ted, for staying in with me and telling me all about Swindler & Son. I’m not sure I’ve featured a book quite like it before and I think it sounds hugely entertaining. Good luck with it!

Swindler & Son

Swindler & Son cover

What happens to a confidence man once he’s lost his confidence? Nothing good.

After years of selling legendary fakes to well-heeled clients in Paris, Nicky Sandler’s luck has run dry. His new wife wants out, his partner is collapsing from dementia—a fatal flaw in a conman—and the anti-terrorism squad is camped outside his window.

Swindler & Son is the story of a man with a gift for larceny, forced against his will to try to do the right thing.

Swindler & Son is available for purchase here.

About Ted Krever

Ted Portugal squared

Ted Krever watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, went to Woodstock (the good one), and graduated Sarah Lawrence College with a useless degree in creative writing.

He spent several decades creating programs for ABC News, CBS, CNN, A&E, Court TV, MTV News, Discovery People and CBS/48 Hours, and as VP/Production of a short-lived dotcom.

He has driven a 16-wheeler across the Rockies, shot overnight news in NY City, managed a revival-house movie theater and married twice, in a triumph of optimism.

He was once accused of attempting to blow up Ethel Kennedy with a Super-8 projector.

You can find out more by visiting Ted’s website and finding him on Facebook. You can also follow Ted on Twitter @tedkrever.

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