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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330457004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330457002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,791,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a very engaging and interesting legal thriller, one that I enjoyed reading.
A Conrad
It's one thing to have some characters with foul mouths, but do the supposedly good guys, ladies and children have to speak that way too?
Kid at Heart
The characters are interesting and well written and the plot is creative and believable.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Samantha L. Sayre VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I struggled with this book because I'm not really into the art world. I thought it was a little more mystery when I got it but it's not. I enjoyed David Hosp's fictional account of the museum heist. However, I didn't really get engaged with the characters. I found everyone other than the main character, Finn to be lacking much depth. I thought the pace was really slow in the beginning and it was hard to follow because of the switching back and forth between Finn and his client to the Irish fellows who are killing different people. Someone compared this to a James Grippando book and I disagree because Mr. Grippando's characters are funny and very interesting. I learned a lot about the museum, the heist and the IRA. I would recommend this book to people who get into art mysteries. It was a good book but it just wasn't great for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gaby at Starting Fresh blog VINE VOICE on January 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been fascinated with the theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, so I was intrigued by the storyline of David Hosp's latest novel. Fortunately, Among Thieves did not disappoint!

Location is as much a character in the novel as the people; David Hosp captures the atmosphere of Boston well from Gardner Museum in the Fenway area to South Boston and the streets of Boston.

While attorney Scott Finn is a convincing and likable lead character, I was drawn in by Finn's colleagues Lissa Krantz and former detective Kozlowski. Lissa Krantz is a strong independent attorney from a privileged background who cares fiercely about her small circle. Tough and burly, Kozlowski ("Koz") built a reputation for integrity and competence in the Boston Police Department but hadn't gotten along with his superiors; after retiring from the police, Koz built a niche as the investigator of their group. When Finn, Koz, and Lissa take on Malley's case in the course of their practice, they approach his case with professional distance. But the three grow increasingly invested and Malley becomes more than a client as the story evolves.

Among Thieves is a satisfying and compelling escape - an art theft mystery and a legal thriller to enjoy.

ISBN-10: 0446580155; $24.99 - hardcover
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 11, 2010), 384 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nederick on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This well-researched and skillfully plotted novel was a hoot. I found myself laughing often and astonished at the wonderful characters as well as the background history of the real heist. This is one of those books that is positioned as an entertaining mystery but it's much more than that. You can look forward to engaging characters, even-lovable in their own quirky ways, and an authentic Boston experience. Hosp's skills as a writer are jaw-dropping at times. He has a fine ear for dialogue, especially gritty Boston working-class dialog, and he frequently demonstrates a depth of understanding of human nature, male and female, that you expect to find in the finest literature. These bonus skills made the book a treat to read on many levels.

The book jacket mentions that Hosp is a Boston attorney. That enriches his telling of the story, especially coloring in the details of the local criminal elements and the functional aspects of the main character's work as an attorney. But I have to confess that the fact he was an attorney by day, writer by night, put me off reading the book initially. Confession: I have a bias against dilettante authors. So many predictable, flat mystery novels have been written by people who are good at one thing (doctor, lawyer, cop, politician, etc.) and believe they can write. The result is most often disappointing at best. So, I was tentative at first, but it didn't take many pages to make me a fan.

Hosp it turns out, flips that prejudice on its head. He gets people, writes with great skill and authority, and he knows how to tell a story. This is the real deal. Hosp is a writer by day, and a helluva good one at that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. McGee TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2009
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I picked up this book to skim through and found myself immediately caught up in a dynamite preface, in which future IRA hard man Liam Kilbranish, hiding in a closet, watches as his entire family is murdered by a squad of enforcers. Unfortunately, the book didn't really measure up to that opening chapter (quite aside from the fact that it remained unclear to me throughout what the opening chapter had to do with the rest of the plot, aside from explaining why Kilbranish turned into a ruthless murderer.)

Still, this is an adequate mystery whose plot revolves around a very intriguing and creative solution to the art world's biggest modern-day heist -- the 1990 theft of major works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In his novel, Hosp seizes on an element that has long puzzled investigators -- the reason some works of much lesser quality, such as a handful of Degas sketches and the finial from one Napoleon's battle standards, were stolen along with the masterpieces -- and incorporates it into his fictional solution to the crime very convincingly.

The writing and the characters don't live up to a creative plot, however. In some ways, the lawyer protagonist (who is battling to save his petty thief client, Devon Malley, from both the justice system and the IRA hitman, Kilbranish) reminds me of John Lescroart's Dismas Hardy. But Lescroart's characters jump off the page and live as individuals, while Hosp's array of characters feel as if they have strolled out from central casting. There's nothing to actively dislike here, just not much that felt fresh or compelling. The dialogue wasn't much better. It got to the point where I could almost predict what someone would say on the next page.
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In addition to being a novelist, David Hosp is a lawyer and a partner in the Trial Department at Goodwin Procter LLP, one of Boston's oldest and largest law firms. He was born in New York and grew up primarily in Manhattan and Rye, New York. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and of The George Washington University Law School. During college, he also studied at the London School of Economics.

After graduating from Law School, Mr. Hosp returned to New York, where he practiced law at a large Wall Street law firm before moving to Boston and beginning his practice with Goodwin Procter. He spends a significant portion of his legal career working pro bono with organizations like The Boston Public Library and The New England Innocence Project. His third book, "Innocence," was inspired by his representation of a man wrongly convicted of the attempted murder of a Boston police officer in 1997, who was exonerated through DNA evidence in 2004.

Hosp's first novel, "Dark Harbor," was a Barry Award nominee for Best First Novel and a Book Sense Pick of the Month. Hosp's third novel, "Innocence," was named one of 2009's best summer reads by The Daily Telegraph.

Hosp lives south of Boston with his wife and two children.

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