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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.”
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Starred Review. "Superlative prose...[a] gritty stand-alone...both intricate and plausible." - Publishers Weekly
"[Narrator William] Dufris makes Carr both believable and likable...The ending is a shocker and makes listening...worthwhile." - AudioFile
"Character-driven with a protagonist as enigmatic as he is compelling. But what really sets this apart is the quality of Spiegelman's writing." - Kirkus Reviews
"Spiegelman weaves a complex, satisfying tale...sharp prose and deft plotting elevate this Ocean's Eleven-style caper story." - Entertainment Weekly
"Spiegelman describes things with flair...Such prose creates a special tension and pictorial vividness, to add to the book's intelligently structured thriller plot." - Wall Street Journal
"Peter Spiegelman knows how to craft a tight plot...It's a bonus that he also writes prose worth savoring, with descriptions that don't slow the story but keep it moving steadily forward...Thick as Thieves takes the suspense of a typical heist caper and ratchets it up several notches...From its taut beginning to a series of endings each with its own sets of surprises...an elegant feat of fictional engineering." - The Columbus Dispatch
"Plenty of suspense will carry the reader through the story as quickly as the pages can be turned...enjoyable..." - Connecticut Post
"Scintillating prose makes 'Thick as Thieves' shine...[Spiegelman] establishes a sultry, murky atmosphere that settles into the plot. His character descriptions are splendid...a psychological-suspense novel...[with] a tumultuous ending." - Las Vegas Review Journal
"...a page-turner, a thrill machine crafted as beautifully as a fine Swiss timepiece." - Bookmarks Magazine
"...[a] genre-defining heist novel...a superbly crafted tale, pulsing with tension, twisty as a corkscrew and positively demanding to be read in one sitting." - BookPage
"...a delightful, sophisticated heist thriller...with great characters and a deviously twisting plot." - Times LIVE (South Africa)
"Slick, sophisticated, and satisfying...this is thriller fiction at its best." - Lee Child
"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, and Legally Dead
"Wildly entertaining...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...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.'" - Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Betrayal (from his Amazon guest review)
"A lightning-fast caper set at the crossroads of high finance, high crime, and high paranoia, Thick as Thieves is part magic, part alchemy and utterly entertaining. It is what all thrillers should aspire to be, and Spiegelman is that rare writer with both the heart and talent to pull off such an ambitious undertaking." - Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award–winning author of Innocent Monster
"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
"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
"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
"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
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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.Read more ›
When this book showed up at my door and I saw the page count of 295 I groaned. I didn't remember ordering the book, and wasn't quite sure I was ready for it. After putting on my sunning clothes, pouring an iced-tea then grabbing my mp3 player, I reluctantly picked up the novel that Lee Childs called "slick, sophisticated and satisfying" and set out to lounge in the chaise.
My plan was to read the first chapter, close my eyes and listen to music while napping in the afternoon sun. It was the phrase at the end of the first sentence... "Carr hears voices in the walls" that reached out like a tentacle and grabbed hold of my imagination. The next thing I knew, my skin was slightly burnt, my ice tea was empty and I was closing the book on chapter ten. I felt like I was in the middle of the tropical heat they were experiencing in Miami. I liked the way Spiegleman scooped me into this crew.
While I went about my day, I couldn't stop thinking about Carr, Latin Mike, Bobby Dennis and was haunted by Val. I wondered what Carr was going to do about his father, and this team--that didn't seem quite loyal--that he'd just begun to lead on this Prader job.
I fell in love with the story. I'd read a few chapters and stopped intentionally to see if I could figure out how things would play out. In this way, the story seemed more real, more surprising (I was wrong about the way it went) than reading it straight through. I savored that story as much as I could.
Even as the chapters wound down, and I was desperate to see how it would all turn out, i didn't want the story to end. If you like intelligent thrillers that always keep you guessing, Spielgelman's Thick as Thieves won't disappoint.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very nice heist novel. The book manages to keep its suspense till the end. The sudden revelation during half way thru does not let the tempo go down. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jahangir Shaik
This one was a little slower than his norm, but still a good read. And as usual, the ending caught me by surprise. Good reading.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This effort has all the ingredients of a solid caper novel. A motley crew of paranoid and not to be trusted thieves with specialized skills concoct a meticulously planned scheme to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Billy Boy
Exciting and fast paced, but little character development and leaps in credibility detract from what would otherwise have been an enjoyable read.Published 13 months ago by Michael S Grewar
This is a novel that requires patience, and lots of it. Frankly, I almost gave up on it several times, putting it down and going back to it a few days later. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
I came back to this book a couple of times, but I never did finish it -- I just didn't care about what happened. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JD24
I enjoyed it and I can remember a fair amount of the story and the characters but I had a hard time caring about any of them and that did not arise from the fact that they were... Read morePublished 23 months ago by John R.
Thick As Thieves is a densely plotted heist novel that locks you in quickly at the beginning of the story and then continues to ratchet up the tension as it races to a startling... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by James L. Thane