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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; 1st edition (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446521817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446521819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,959,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The Falconer twins are as different as two men can be; Jesse is a mysterious writer of erotic thrillers inspired by the pain of his past, and Patrick is a bright and successful surgeon who basks in the admiration of his peers and friends. Though different as night and day, nothing could separate the two until suspicions of rape and murder tore them apart. Now, years later, Patrick is diagnosed with aplastic anemia and will certainly die without Jesse's blood, a gift that Patrick would never request. Only Caitlin Taylor, a doctor and Patrick's best friend, has the courage to seek out this remote man and ask for this sacred gift.

But when Caitlin meets the dark twin, she discovers Jesse is a complex and almost mystical man with whom she feels an intense connection. Can she convince this reclusive and wounded man to save his brother's life? Though Patrick faces death, he meets Amanda Prentice, a woman who has the power to inspire him with love, if she can overcome her own tortured history. As Caitlin, Jesse, Amanda, and Patrick move towards a future reunion between the brothers, they must all confront a past of heart-wrenching betrayals and unforgivable pain.

In Thief of Hearts Katherine Stone focuses on the intense and internal emotions of four beautiful people with deeply damaged hearts. Stone's characters are richly drawn and the suspense of Patrick's failing health and the blossoming romances is completely consuming. Stone masters the painful results of past grief with such acuity that no character remains unsuffering. Fluff up the pillow, place the tissues nearby, and prepare for a moving tale of exhausting emotional struggle. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

From Publishers Weekly

Reclusive, mysterious novelist Jesse Falconer becomes the titular thief of hearts who wins the love of heart surgeon Caitlin Taylor in this heart-tugging contemporary romance. When Caitlin learns that her friend and mentor, trauma surgeon Patrick Falconer, urgently needs a bone marrow transplant, she sets out to find Patrick's estranged fraternal twin, Jesse, the most likely donor candidate. Caitlin locates Jesse at his estate on Maui and convinces him to come to L.A. and save his brother's life. Jesse is a tormented man, having been wrongly accused of attempted murder, and having served a prison term for a rape he did not commit. Yet Caitlin sees in him a lonely soul like her own. Meanwhile, psychiatrist Amanda Prentice, a victim of every imaginable trauma (rape, incest, her mother's murder), becomes Patrick's great love. Stone's plot depends heavily on coincidence: Caitlin saves the life of a billionaire's grandson who just happens to be connected to Jesse; later, she finds herself having to operate on the six-year-old girl whom Jesse has treated as his own daughter. Stone (Bed of Roses) has mastered most of the genre's conventions, handling its familiar metaphors (snow, lions, hearts) deftly; even better, she knows how to render sexual passion convincingly without anatomical details? though she knows anatomy well enough: she's a physician as well as an author, and her medical knowledge spruces up the surgical scenes. And when Caitlin and Amanda grieve together for their dead mothers, few romance fans will remain unmoved.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Bestselling Seattle-born author Katherine Stone set about plotting her life's journey at a very young age. At age five she knew she hoped to become a doctor. Then, after writing her first short story at age 11, she realized that she'd love to be a writer, too.

In pursuit of that youthful dream, Katherine attended Stanford University, where she completed her premed requirements while majoring in English. She received her M.D. from the University of Washington. Following her internal medicine residency in San Francisco, she accepted a fellowship in infectious diseases in Los Angeles.

What remains one of the world's largest outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease coincided with her fellowship, which gave her the opportunity to write and lecture on this mysterious new disease. But it was not all work and no play. There was also romance in L.A. It was there (during a spinal tap!) that she met her future husband, physician and novelist Jack Chase.

While she had accomplished the first half of her young-life goals, Katherine never really got around to the second part--being a writer--until Jack bought her a word processor and urged her to "Just do it." The result? Bestselling books in the distinctive Katherine Stone style: a marriage of lyrical prose, evocative emotion and, above all, romance.

"There's nothing wrong with incurable romanticism," the physician asserts. "I love writing about nice people, who are giving life their best shot despite the sometimes monumental obstacles I place in their paths and who discover, despite those obstacles, the splendor and power of love."

Although Katherine has hung up her stethoscope for the moment and is writing full-time at her home near Seattle, her medical background is often evident in her books. "I very much enjoy sharing my passion for medicine--its drama, its emotion and yes, its science--with my readers."

The author of 21 novels, including Twins, Bel Air, Love Songs, and Pearl Moon, Katherine's books have been translated into 20 languages and sold worldwide. She is in the midst of converting all her novels into e-book formats (and thinking about her next book!)

Please visit her website at www.katherinestone.com.

Customer Reviews

It's just a little too convenient and pat.
E. S. Charpentier
For this particular release, however, it appears attempts were made to update the time period in which the novel takes place.
E. Woolf
One of Ms.Stone BETTER books I give it a five star rating and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read.
Linda Whitten

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read a number of the author's other books and for the genre they're not too bad. But this book had me throwing it down in disgust. A totally ridiculous story - estranged twins, one of whom has a lion, a bone marrow transplant, two fatherless female doctors, and then some little sick girl enters the story. The totally aimless meandering of the flashback episodes had me skipping miles ahead. Yawn, who cares about these people? I don't even care to continue reading to find out if Caitlin ever finds her father.
Besides being boring, this book could have used a good editor. I nearly screamed out loud after one too many sentences that began with "which." Someone should tell Ms. Stone that a comma is a helpful device to string those thoughts together. I'm just glad this book only cost me 99 cents at Goodwill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Thief of Hearts is nearly the same as Katherine Stone's other books. Two main couples who deny their feelings for each other until the end and all live happily ever after.
I must admit that I like her books for the most part but feel that I am reading the same story over and over. Her characters are always beautiful, accomplished and dedicated...and so tortured by painful past that they are emotionally unable to function. They dwell on the past on almost every page and when not in the past they are imagining some hurt being put upon them by the object of their affection. I am beginning to find the stories almost painful to read and want to shake these characters and tell them to "get over it, already".
Having said all that, I admit to being hooked and at least for the time being will continue to read her works. I just wish she would come up with some characters who weren't so fragile...men and women alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I didn't want Thief of Hearts to end. In fact, I think I'll just start reading it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book since the story synopsis sounded interesting. AND, I'm sure it could be if half the descriptive narratives were removed. Jumping around between characters, present-day and past rememberances left me feeling very disjointed. I couldn't get a feel for the characters either.
I haven't finished reading the book yet, and can't decide if I'll spend any more time on it. I'm glad I didn't buy the hardcover edition.
I have just one question. Did anyone bother to edit the book for content?? Maybe I'm the only one who finds it extremely BORING. YAWN!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Lininger on August 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The title of this book should have been "Misunderstanding" That is what this book is about. The misunderstanding between 2 brothers, between friends and lovers etc. Surgeon Caitlin Taylor's friend and coworker is dying. He needs a bone marrow. Caitlin is the only one that knows her friend has a brother a twin brother. A brother he hasn't spoken to in many years. Caitlin finds the twin, falls in love and tries to save her friend. Read this book to find out what happens. You won't be disappointed...
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Katherine Stone's THIEF OF HEARTS will capture your attention from page one. This heart-rending emotionally packed novel will consume readers.
When successful maestro trauma surgeon Patrick Falconer is diagnosed with aplastic anemia he knows his only chance of survival depends on finding a perfectly matched bone marrow donor. The perfect candidate exists in his reclusive twin brother Jesse. There is just one problem, due to a bitter betrayal long ago his pride will not allow him to ask Jesse for the life saving substance.
Heart surgeon Caitlin Taylor is determined to do anything to save her best friend Patrick Falconer's life. When she learns Patrick has a twin brother she immediately ventures to the remote Hawaiian cliff top estate of Jesse Falconer. Jesse is completely opposite to the bright and cheerful Patrick. Will she be able to convince Jesse to save Patrick's life? Or will she lose her heart in the process?
Jesse Falconer is a mysterious writer of dark erotic thrillers inspired by the pain of his past. He is unprepared when Dr. Caitlin Taylor arrives at his home seeking his help to save his brother. Bitter memories flood Jesse whenever he thinks of Patrick. Will he be able to put the past behind him and be able to give the precious gift that he alone possesses?
Katherine Stone writes a deeply poignant tale. It is a compelling story, in which siblings deal with their own personal individual issues. Caitlin is such a strong focused woman who is able to repair the shattered hearts and souls of two of the most important people in her life. Readers will not walk away from this one dry eyed. It should be savored with a full box of Kleenex close at hand.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Fraternal twins Patrick and Jesse are as different as night and day. His wealthy family reaalizes that the dark sibling Jesse is not fitting into their social class. His parents doted on the golden brother Patrick. When someone accuses Jesse of a heinous crime, his parents supported his incarceration. Only Patrick, loyal to his brother, had doubts, but the duo fails to communicate, which leads to a separation.
Nearing forty, Patrick is well renowned as a trauma and heart surgeon, but his luck has run out as he is diagnosed with aplastic anemia. He desperately needs a bone marrow transplant by a person who is a close match. The ideal donor is Jesse, but Patrick refuses to ask. Dr. Caitlin Taylor, a close friend, is the only person who knows that Patrick has a twin. She decides to find him. When she does, he is nothing as she expected as he is dark and sexy. Jesse agrees to help Patrick even as he realizes that there is a deep attraction between him and the beautiful doctor. Together they embark on a journey of healing guided by love.
Katherine Stone's storytelling abilities keep growing stronger with each new book she writes. The complexity of her tales is well known, especially the use of secondary players and subplots moving THIEF OF HEARTS to its exciting conclusion. Ms. Stone demonstrates her ability to make a character seem so real in settings that a book by this author is a very pleasurable reading.

Harriet Klausner
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