Nicholas J. Johnson: Author • Entertainer • Conman

"This master magician is also a master con man." - Today Tonight

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"A sparkling debut...both entertaining and insightful." - The Age

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Episode 7 – Nightmare Alley with Simon Caterson

Author Simon Caterson shares Nicholas’ love of film noir. In this episode Simon explores the great con artist film noir, Nightmare Alley and Nicholas drools…Read More

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I'll be appearing at @RobinsonsBooks at Northland Preston this Saturday morning. Come buy for some sleight of hand, scams and books. #con

Fast and Loose Out Now

Nicholas' new novel Fast and Loose is in all good book stores now. "Fast and smart, Fast and Loose is a thrilling ride if you love a good puzzle." - James Phelan (author of Fox Hunt and Patriot Act)

Fast and Loose

Joel Fitch used to be a con artist.

That is, until his scam paid off but his life went belly up. Now, two years later, at the ripe old age of 22, Joel has a mattress full of cash and no idea what comes next. The movies never tell you what to do after you’ve walked into the sunset.

Besides, Joel’s past is catching up with him. One of the victims from his con artist days has hunted him down. Far from exacting revenge, though, he wants Joel’s help.

Danny Hemming is a TV journalist on television’s trashiest current-affairs program and he’s looking for someone to give him the inside scoop on the latest scams. And he’s not taking no for an answer.

Once again, Joel finds himself in over his head as he enters the murky world of tabloid television. Blackmailed into helping Hemming uncover and expose the country’s biggest swindlers, Joel is making more enemies than ever.

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