Letty Dobesh had me from the get-go with her Jimmy Choo sunnies and snark, no matter that she had undoubtedly stolen the former and the latter is a natural gift.
I’m not a big fan of short stories, and I did not realize until the end of the first chapter that this is a collection of three interlinked novellas. Too late, I was already hooked. Some of the novella setups are way over the top, but plot holes aside, are so well crafted that you can’t help but enjoy the ride. Each story exposes a new side of Letty. Her conscience pops up when she least expects it, and she becomes a true anti-heroine. When she starts to empathize with the other characters is when we know the gig is up. You get a bad feeling that she’s backed herself into a corner that can have no good outcome. However, grifting is a super power and Letty’s pretty good, but she has much to learn as she soon comes to find out (i.e. never con a con). At first, I was not sure how to feel about her. She has a compelling back story, but she’s not that sympathetic of a character. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but commend her grit and tenacity. So yes, I admired her, despised her, and pitied her all at the same time. But she doesn’t need my sympathy or anyone else’s for that matter.
Good Behavior has the double, triple, short and long cons. All are complete mind fucks that are ambitious as they are intriguing. I know why Letty likes the high. The adrenaline rush comes through in spades. But the ultimate con artist is Blake Crouch himself. He twists and turns the plot and characters seemingly willy-nilly, but he knows what he’s doing from the outset (I think). At first, I was put off by the author notes after each chapter, but I came to appreciate their crafty brilliance. Unlike a lot of book dragons, I love an adaptation, and Good Behavior is one of the best. It perfectly peels back Letty’s layers in two different but complementary ways. The lit version is a bit more brash and fantastical, while the while the small screen version has the drama of the slow and sexy burn. Both are totally addictive.
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