White Cat, by Holly Black (McElderry Books, 2010)

The only member of his family unable to work curse magic with a touch, Cassel’s honed his skills as a con man to a sharp edge as compensation. When his bizarre sleepwalking episodes disrupt the stability of his life, he soon uncovers a history of inexplicable discrepancies involving his brothers and his own memories. The weirdest? His dreams are being invaded by a mysterious white cat, who may be connected to the girl he once killed. Cassel will have to pull off the con of a lifetime if he wants to fully understand what’s going on, and free himself from a lifetime of manipulation. While drawing elements from a classic fairy tale, White Cat quickly establishes its own identity, where mobsters and magic go hand in hand with mystery and misdirection.

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