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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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