"Vern Smith’s ‘The Gimmick’ is about a hard-nosed cop, a bombshell in a belly shirt, and a bank machine card scam. It’s a complex and intense story, and who can resist the brilliant opening?"
– Philip Alexander, Front & Centre Magazine
"Kafka meets Sherwood Anderson… The characters are fully drawn and completely absorbing. The plots, unpredictable right to the end."
– New Pop Lit
"Smith’s tale of not-so-small-time crooks with a knack for draining other people’s bank accounts and the bumbling cops on their tails (one of whom is among the crooks’ victims) is a flat-out riot. Punchy dialogue moves the story. Humorous human characters bring it life. The plot is solid. Smith sets the bar high."
– Matthew Firth, The Ottawa (X)Press
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