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Not Very Suspenseful or Involving
on August 12, 2007
PRINCE OF THIEVES is well written, but I agree with the Publisher's Weekly Review that this book is a rather long-winded affair with largely unsympathetic characters.
This book is ultimately a simple story about a bank robber who wants to get out of the business. PRINCE OF THIEVES begins with him robbing a bank in the Boston area, and then developing a romantic relationship with a teller at that very bank. In an unlikely plot development, the FBI agent investigating the crime is also romantically interested in the woman, creating a dangerous love triangle of sorts. Meanwhile, the bank robber has to disentangle himself from the grip of his dysfunctional partners in crime, who don't want him to leave.
Hogan's writing is good, but verbose, with lots of stylish dialogue and description of details that don't really move the plot foward. I found myself skipping over quite a few paragraphs as I went along. The characterization is also oddly flat -- the bank teller, in particular, is not really fleshed out that much as a person. As a result, it's not entirely clear why the bank robber and FBI agent are so infatuated with her, which makes many of the romantic scenes unconvincing.
PRINCE OF THIEVES has some great prose, and does pick up speed toward the last fifty or so pages. But I found that book lacked momentum and I wasn't really engaged by it. So if you're looking for a fast moving page-turner, my advice is to go elsewhere.