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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307263177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307263179
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Reich Reviews Thick as Thieves

Christopher Reich is the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Betrayal, Rules of Vengeance and The Patriots Club, which won the International Thriller Writers Award for best novel in 2006. He lives in California with his family.

A storm is rising off the coast of southern Florida. Dark clouds gather on the horizon. The air is hot and thick and uncomfortably still as a band of professional thieves embark on the first steps of the heist of the century.

And so begins Thick as Thieves, the wildly entertaining new novel by Peter Spiegelman. The story unfolds slowly, seductively, but with a clear eye and firm resolve. We feel the warm breezes stirring. We respond and turn the pages, intrigued by the promise of illicit action, or maybe recognizing deep within ourselves, a taste for it. This is class...make no mistake...smart, sleek, intoxicating. And then—wham!—like a gust slamming the back door, we’re all the way in. There’s no going back, not that you’d want to, even for a second. We’re part of the gang now, one of the hardened criminals intent on pulling off the most challenging “job” of their lives and raking in a score that will keep them in champagne and caviar for the rest of their lives.

The story centers around a former CIA agent named Carr--tall, lean, haunted--a genius for planning finally in charge of his own crew. There’s Bobby and Dennis and Latin Mike, and all of them are dangerous. And then there’s Val--a sultry, protean beauty, who may or may not be falling for Carr as hard as he has fallen for her. And none can be trusted. Not if Carr wants to get to the other side of this thing alive.

The action bolts from Houston to Miami to the Cayman Islands as Carr and his accomplices get ever closer to their mark, a fallen hedge fund manager named Curtis Prager, who has re-invented himself as a banker to the world’s most dangerous criminals, and who alone holds access to their ill-gotten billions. Spiegelman’s evocative prose makes us scent a hint of jasmine, taste the salt in the air, and peel the shirt off our back.

But make no mistake, Thick as Thieves is a page-turner, a thrill machine crafted as beautifully as a fine Swiss timepiece. And the pages fly by, as with a knot in our gut, we race to discover who’s conning who, if Carr really is the mastermind he’s thought to be, and if, in the end, there really is such a thing as “honor among thieves.”


Review

 
“Slick, sophisticated, and satisfying . . . this is thriller fiction at its best.”
—Lee Child, author of Worth Dying For

Thick as Thieves is a pure delight. Carr is one of the most compelling protagonists in recent memory and there’s not a moment’s rest as the action speeds along like a getaway car. Heists, money-laundering, and smart plotting in a novel that’s reminiscent of Elmore Leonard’s best work . . . it doesn't get any better than this.”
—Jeffery Deaver, author of The Burning Wire
 
Thick as Thieves showcases the further development of  Peter Spiegelman, one of our best writers of suspense and intrigue. His characters are forceful, smart, and his prose is supple, precise, and often poetic. Spiegelman gives us a deep inside look at scams and scammers of various sorts, and puts a big whirling plot into motion that ultimately delivers every satisfaction it promises at the start.”
—Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

Thick as Thieves is anything but ‘thick’—it’s sleek and subtle, with Spiegelman’s rare eye for the telling detail. Thrilling in both tone and substance, these thieves will steal you away from whatever else you were doing, and leave you glad they did.”
—Don Winslow, author of Savages
 
“Ever read a thriller so nicely written you flip back a few pages to re-experience an especially well-turned bit of prose? Spiegelman’s caper novel is like that . . . The fine writing adds a layer of aesthetic pleasure to a good crime story . . . [The crew] brings off a sweeping symphony of a con, a grand attempt to relieve a bad guy of his gazillions . . . The ending is great, but it’s an even greater trip getting there.”
Booklist (starred)

“Peter Spiegelman’s Thick as Thieves is vivid and intense story telling at its best! Crackling dialogue, double-crossing characters, and terrific plot twists make Thieves a winner. Who are the bad guys in this spell-binding tale of lies, big bucks, computer crime, and murder? Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! What an ending! Wow!”
 —Edna Buchanan, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Legally Dead, and A Dark and Lonely Place

“Superlative prose lifts this gritty stand-alone from Shamus Award–winner Spiegelman . . . Spiegelman, who has worked in both financial services and software industries, makes the mission both intricate and plausible.”
Publishers Weekly (starred) 

“Good writers scoop up your world, recast it, and send it right back at you, larger than it was before . . .  Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? It is. Yet great ones like Peter Spiegelman do it day after day, book after book. Because they have important things to tell you.” 
—James Sallis, author of Salt River
 

 

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Keeps you guessing throughout.
Gaylord
Overall, a very good book and a recommended read for those interested in thrillers.
mhnstr
I felt there was too much detail on some things and not enough on others.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 13, 2011
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The heist novel is certainly not something new to the realm of fiction. In fact, the concept has been covered so many times in popular entertainment (whether it be movies, books, or TV series) that it's become almost impossible to find a new and different hook. Therefore, it is necessary for novelists to knock it out of the park is some distinguishable way to separate themselves from the pack. Peter Spiegelman, in "Thick as Thieves," has served up a solid dose of intrigue and double dealings--and crafted an entertaining diversion for those that appreciate the genre. Just smart enough, tough enough, and intricate enough to make its mark--the book covers very familiar territory, but should easily satisfy fans of cons and schemes. The most intriguing aspect of Spiegelman's tale is its colorful cast of bad guys. Alternately likable and loathsome, the crew and their marks brook little sympathy--but the reader is never alienated from their unlawful pursuits. The simple beauty of the tale is that absolutely no one is trustworthy, but somehow they must overlook their suspicions to complete an elaborate theft.

Again, this aspect of paranoia among thieves is not a new plot device--but it is executed well in this novel. With the suspicious death of their team leader, a crew of thieves must regroup to continue a big job. The leader's protege, Carr, steps up to fill the void much to the chagrin of some of the other participants. The score involves bilking a big payday from an oily villain, but to do so means to infiltrate an elaborate security system. Just as much of a con job as a big heist (if not more), each person has to fulfill their roles to precision. But the course of true thievery never does run smooth and several major stumbling blocks impair the plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
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While reading Peter Spiegelman's Thick as Thieves, I thought a bit about the caper story. In particular, I thought of the role of the planner, the guy who came up with the scheme that the whole crew would need to follow. Though there were antecedents in stories like The Asphalt Jungle, I think the planner came to prominence as a central character in Richard Stark's (aka Donald Westlake's) Parker novels. And just as Parker was only known by his surname, so is Thick as Thieves's Carr.

To continue the comparison, Parker is a rather emotionless character with no back story (which works in his stories); Carr is a much more human character, saddled with a Alzheimer's-afflicted father and a crew who he can barely trust. Having formerly worked in the CIA and with private security, he was recruited by the amiable Declan who is a bit of a substitute-father figure. The crew specializes in stealing cash from criminals, who are unlikely to go to the police. The current caper involves taking a very large sum from a shady banker, but things have gone wrong even before the story's begun: Declan has been killed in a different botched heist and Carr's not sure if his fellow crew members are responsible or not.

Still, Carr proceeds, driven by the need for money to pay off certain debts, but even as thing move forward, he learns that the agendas of his companions are possibly in direct conflict with his own. Most particularly, Carr worries about Valerie, who is not only great at setting up alternate identities, but is also his lover. As the book goes on, Carr gets less and less certain who he can trust, as twist after twist occur.

It's all really compelling stuff, even if the biggest twist can be seen early on (but I won't spoil it, of course). If you're fond of caper stories, this is a very nice read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 3, 2011
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I really liked this book. It's a well-written thriller that goes from clever heist to even more clever heist, with major criminals as the victims. Great characters to go with a very well-constructed plot, made more interesting by the author's insinuation of doubt about each of the principal's loyalties and motives. In fact the great strength of this book is the doubt and impending betrayal producing a tension that doesn't ease until the last page.

An ex-CIA operative, known simply as Carr in the novel, leads a group of highly talented techno-criminals that specializes in the fleecing of international criminals--a class of folks vulnerable to theft because of their outlaw status. Working for an uber-boss named Boyce, who supplies targets, intelligence and capital for the group's operations, Carr's team has drawn a bead on an American white-collar criminal (Prager) who has bought himself a new life and local respectability in the Cayman Islands while running a variety of big-ticket criminal operations. Carr's plan of attack is appropriately contemporary in its largely cyber execution, but human error intervenes often enough to make the story anything but predictable in its outcome.

What is particularly effective in this book are the ambiguities in the relationships between members of Carr's team and especially with Carr himself. The old question--is there honor among thieves? There is no real answer until the last page of the book and that revelation comes as a blindside. Meanwhile, the reader is led down a very entertaining garden path. This is a first-rate crime novel that will keep even the most demanding mystery fan challenged and engrossed.
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