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Thick As Thieves Hardcover – January 31, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (January 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517700093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517700099
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although its pages, littered with made guys and elaborate hits, follows the misadventures of a dedicated crook on a job gone bad, this debut crime story doesn't make it into the Eugene Izzi/Elmore Leonard league. Mackin, a professional thief who agrees to steal food stamps from a printer, is cheated by the black crimelord in charge of the heist, who then sets two crooked cops on his tail. Left with no option but to waste the cops and flee, Mackin vows vengeance. As he delivers on his threat, shady businesses are hit, cars burn and innocents die. A career cop follows the action, as does the mobster who put Mackin in touch with the traitorous crime lord and now is sorry. Although the mobster is in Chicago, the job is in an unnamed nearby city and some of the subsequent action may be in either place. Readers will have further trouble locating themselves in relation to the sharp-edged, unsympathetic Mackin, a rogue who is redeemed by neither the fierce streetwise morality of Izzi's characters nor the gallows humor of Leonard's.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Quinn's first novel begins with a bang: a mob-connected Chicago businessman unwittingly refers professional thief Mackin to a treacherous out-of-town associate, Pointy Williams, who betrays Mackin to a pair of bent cops. Mackin, who must kill to escape, vows revenge on Williams, as does his mobster friend. Meanwhile, Detective Sgt. Milos Petrone struggles to unmask the mystery cop-killer by leaning on anyone he can and by making a deal with a book-writing journalist. This winning combination of no-nonsense police procedure, sympathetic-but-vengeful thief, and gansterland counteroffensive should draw a highly appreciative audience. A remarkable debut.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L Burke on February 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although it is popular to sketch the plot in these reviews, I won't spoil it for readers. Suffice to say that, if you like cop/thief/Mafia type stories this is one of the most intelligent, realistic thrillers of the genre. The "hero" is a thief; a consumate pro. Once the ending is known, it seems inevitable but you can't see it coming anyway. I wish author Patrick Quinn had written many books but - alas! - this is the only one I could find listed after I read "Thick" and went hunting. If you like the genre, you'll really like this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary on July 21, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My kind of fiction. Up there with Elmore Leonard and Michael Connelly for dialogue. I saw the film derived from this novel which sent me to the internet to find the original. Enjoyable film but only essentials from the novel. Both are worth your time if you are into this genre and if you are you will love it. Bad ... dudes, smart guys, dumb .... I had trouble finding this as it is out of print. Good luck getting a copy but it's worth the trouble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PC Mountain VINE VOICE on June 17, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a fast-paced, intelligent, action/revenge story that was a lot of fun to read. It's one of those books you won't be able to put down and will read in one sitting. If you like Elmore Leonard novels you'll love Thick as Thieves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. VINE VOICE on November 25, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thick As Thieves by Patrick Quinn may not be the greatest book ever written. But it is the greatest book ever written to never receive the recognition it deserves.
This is crime fiction at its hardboiled best. The protagonist, if that's the correct term, is a hardened criminal known as Mackin. He's the thief other thieves call when the job requires a real professional. A terrific fictional creation.
Thick As Thieves has everything. The dialogue is phenomenally convincing. Every bit as good as anything written by Elmore Leonard. Moreover, it's extremely well plotted with plenty of interesting action scenes.
I can't say enough about this gem of a crime novel. I don't know what happened to Patrick Quinn and why he never wrote another book. He was obviously quite talented.
Very highly recommended.
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