Holly Black's first book in this series White Cat. Red Glove was also pretty darn good.
In the second novel Cassel Sharp returns to school for his senior year, and after the insane events of last spring, he has a few, shall we say loose ends, with which to deal. Firstly, Lila is still cursed to love him, and this puts Cassel, who has loved her his entire life, in a really sticky situation. Secondly, Phillip, Cassel brother is murdered and the Feds want Cassel to help them with their investigation. And, as if those last two issues weren't enough, Zacharov, Lila's father and leader of the curse workers mafia, wants Cassel to work for him.
This series is all about the con, and Cassel is a master con artists, and so I can't say much more without giving things away. Suffice it to say, there were plenty of surprises. Red Glove like it's predecessor had me racing through the pages (or discs to be technical). I like Cassel. I like his friends. I love the alternate curse worker/mob family world. I love the fear of hands and the gloves. Even the politics of this world are interesting. And, true to form, Holly Black writes an ending that will leave many readers wanting more.
I listened to this book on audio. It's narrated by Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network fame. He does a pretty good job. I think his voice really suits Cassel.
Black Heart (expected publication 2012)