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Prince of Thieves: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Hogan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The men wear masks. Their guns are drawn on the bank manager. She nervously recites the alarm code, and the tumblers within the huge vault fall. The timing and execution are brilliant. It could be the perfect heist. But as the huge sum of cash is stolen, so too is one man's heart -- and that man is the Prince of Thieves...
Charlestown, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood, produces more bank robbers and armored car thieves than any square mile in the world. In this gripping, intricately plotted thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank and one of an influx of young professionals chipping away at the neighborhood's insularity, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can't get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and as soon as he and Claire meet, their mutual attraction is undeniable -- as are the risks of a relationship.
Meanwhile, Doug's crew pulls off another audacious, meticulously planned job. Frustrated by their ingenuity and brazen ambition, FBI Agent Adam Frawley begins to zero in on Doug and his pals -- and against his own better judgment, he, too, develops more than a professional interest in Claire.
Under pressure from Frawley's ever-closer investigation, Doug imagines a life for himself away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. It's a magnificently dangerous and utterly irresistible opportunity -- yet for Doug, pursuing his former hostage may be the most dangerous act of all...
Chuck Hogan's brash tale of four men -- thieves, rivals, friends -- being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent, and the woman who may destroy them all, is a spectacular, stylish, heart-pounding thriller.

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From Publishers Weekly

The dark third novel by the author of The Standoff isn't the fast-paced thriller it's marketed to be. It is, rather, a story of doomed love focusing on Doug MacRay, a Boston-based career thief (he comes from Charlestown, "a breeding ground for bank and armored-car robbers") who becomes enamored with the manager of the bank he and his pals have just robbed. Claire Keesey, who has been badly traumatized by the robbery, later begins to develop feelings for him as well, unaware that a masked MacRay was the lead perpetrator in the heist that turned her life upside down. Hogan then leads readers through a long-winded labyrinth of inner reflection as Doug spends much of the book pondering whether he should quit the criminal life in order to pursue a deeper relationship with Claire. This undermines the suspense that crime fiction requires, and the novel is overlong by more than half. Although some characters are quite lively, most of them (including Doug) are not very sympathetic, and the end brings tragedy for many of them. All the same, the author's original writing style and knack for unusual metaphors can make for engaging reading, and the book's cinematic quality and grittily realistic action sequences bode well for its day on screen (it's been optioned by Law & Order producer Dick Wolf).
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* If Blood Artists (1998) was a weak follow-up to his crackling 1995 debut Standoff, Hogan is back on track in this moody, resonant thriller that cleverly begins and ends in the same place. Doug, Dez, Jem, and Gloansy have been tight since childhood, growing up tough and street-smart in a rough, working-class Irish enclave where "bringing home the bacon" means stealing it from a local bank. Like his father, Doug is a thief, planning ever more sophisticated gigs for his buddies--as much for the high as for the money. The local bank should have been a piece of cake, but Doug's falling in love with bank manager Claire Keesey wasn't part of the plan. Nor did Doug expect a romantic adversary in the person of robbery investigator Adam Frawley. It's not entirely clear why both men fall for Claire, who's barely on stage. But there's no doubt about Hogan's ability to blend weighty emotions with riveting shoot-outs as he depicts a complicated man, noble and villainous by turns, trapped in a life he desperately wants to change. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747581215
  • Publisher: Scribner (August 10, 2004)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EJDH2M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic psychological thriller! August 23, 2004
Format:Hardcover
A couple of years ago I picked up Hogan's debut-novel The Standoff and put is away after 150 pages because it was just plain boring and unbelievable. After that I tried again with The Blood Artists because of its interesting premise, but this time I also lost interest very quickly and decided that Hogan just wasn't it for me. But two weeks ago I found myself at Logan Airport in Boston when Prince of Thieves had just hit the stands. Because of its interesting storyline, the glowing reviews by King, Deaver and McBain and especially the fact that the story took place in Boston (which I had just visited) I bought the book on a whim and never regretted it!

Prince of Thieves is not your typical action thriller but a wonderful psychological profile of some very disturbed young men. It describes wonderfully how the protagonist tries to get out of a criminal life because of the love for a woman (that he met during his last criminal caper). The internal struggle he goes through is very believable and presents a wonderful perspective on human nature.

All in all, a very satisfying story that rises far above the numerous summer beach thrillers. I have no doubt that the story of Doug and his friends will stay with me for a long time (and that's a compliment coming from someone who reads app. 100 books a year). Wonderful book, Chuck, and I will definitely keep my eye open for your next one!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 15, 2009
Format:Paperback
I won't go into detail on what this book is about, since other reviewers have done so. An excellent read. If you like Dennis LaHane you're gonna love this one. One of those books I didn't want to finish it was so good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific!! December 9, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i picked up this book at the local borders just looking for aomething to read to pass the time. after about 100 pages of reading this book i started to realize that i loved this book. and it is easily in my top 5 favorite books. the author paints a picture of a town of robbers that just seems so real. it was a terrific story and terrific ending, with a great twist. i recommend to everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! June 1, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is an awesome book that has a inivative plot line of a professional bank robber whos attention is captured by a hostige during a "job". Unable to shake her from his thoughts, Doug begins to fall for her while trying to dodge a FBI Agent that is hot on his tail. The story explores the different characters stories allong with the struggles that they face both with others and within themselves. This book was a fast and highly enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 5, 2009
Format:Paperback
I cannot say enough about this book...and the author, Chuck Hogan. The book grabs your attention from the very beginning and brings you in. Very well written. This is a book that will stay with you for a very long time, feeling like you have lost some friends when you are done.
I am glad to see he has finally come out with some more books! If you are even thinking about getting this book- grab it with both hands!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome read! November 17, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was excellent, entertaining, a fast read and an all-around great escape. Was is 100% believable? No, of course not. It's a novel. Nevertheless I rate it as one of the most entertaning books I've read in a while!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money February 5, 2009
Format:Audio Cassette
Very good audio book! Always love stories about good guys trying to get out of bad situations. I am not sure if this was based on a true story or not, but it is a very clever robbery story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read August 8, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I almost didn't buy this book due to Publisher's Review comments and would have miised out on an excellent book. Enough character and plot to warrant the novel label as opposed to the usual wham bam thank you mam' mystery thriller.

The endng is heartbreaking and shows a very clear understanding of what makes people human.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very slow moving. Just when I think it is ...
Very slow moving. Just when I think it is getting going, it stalls. I'm not sure what the point was of this book. I get the premise but then what?
Published 9 days ago by David Stein
4.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed in the ending
Overall the book was very interesting. I watched the movie before reading the book. Although the book has a lot more character development, I was disappointed in the ending. Read more
Published 27 days ago by kkadieux
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Stuart Speicher
4.0 out of 5 stars A little different from the movie but still great!
Some pretty noticeable differences from book to movie... I don't usually prefer the movie over the book but in this case I've got to admit that the movie ending is far superior to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by LinzS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Enjoyed this. I had recently watched the movie "The Town" which this book is based on. I remember why I enjoy books more than movies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by cry
4.0 out of 5 stars The book is worth reasing if you liked the movie it became
It was made into a movie i liked so i knrw i would like the book. It goes deeper into the conflicts the lead character has with what he does and who he does it with and why
Published 4 months ago by Todd C in Chicago
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, way better than the movie!
I really enjoyed this novel. The writer transported me to "The Town" and I really felt that I knew the characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chelsea L. DoEpp
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Book
This book will leave you feeling the world is a better place because it will spur your interest in sifting through the morass of literature out there, knowing that little gems like... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alexander Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars As Good As the Movie
One of those rare instances when a book and the resulting movie are different but
equally good. Really enjoyed it. I have to admit being from Boston helped...
Published 6 months ago by Donald Decristofaro
5.0 out of 5 stars best book i have read all year
a bunch of guys being real- messing around with eachother and giving attitude while robbing banks. its life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hari
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Chuck Hogan is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed novels, including THE TOWN (aka PRINCE OF THIEVES) and DEVILS IN EXILE. THE TOWN was awarded the Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing, and made into the movie starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, and Jon Hamm. He is also the co-author, with Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, of the internationally bestselling STRAIN trilogy: THE STRAIN, THE FALL, and THE NIGHT ETERNAL.

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