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ISBN13: 9780743496827
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Liza, July 25, 2010 (view all comments by Liza)
Four men in masks rob a Boston bank at gunpoint and take Claire Keesey, the bank manager, hostage. For criminal Doug MacRay, the bank job was simple enough, but he didn't plan on one thing: falling in love with Claire. A fine character study with Boston as its setting, a la Dennis Lehane's Mystic River, The Prince of Thieves is a dark contemplative story of a man trying to leave his crminal life behind, yet tempted by that one last perfect heist.
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Liza, July 25, 2010 (view all comments by Liza)
Four men in masks rob a Boston bank at gunpoint and take Claire Keesey, the bank manager, hostage. For criminal Doug MacRay, the bank job was simple enough, but he didn't plan on one thing: falling in love with Claire. A fine character study with Boston as its setting, a la Dennis Lehane's Mystic River, The Prince of Thieves is a dark contemplative story of a man trying to leave his crminal life behind, yet tempted by that one last perfect heist.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743496827
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Pocket Star
Author:
Hogan, Chuck
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Hostages
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B107
Publication Date:
August 30, 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.125 in 13.965 oz

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Prince of Thieves: A Novel
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Product details 656 pages Pocket Star Books - English 9780743496827 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The dark third novel by the author of The Standoff isn't the fast-paced thriller it's marketed to be. It is, rather, a story of doomed love focusing on Doug MacRay, a Boston-based career thief (he comes from Charlestown, "a breeding ground for bank and armored-car robbers") who becomes enamored with the manager of the bank he and his pals have just robbed. Claire Keesey, who has been badly traumatized by the robbery, later begins to develop feelings for him as well, unaware that a masked MacRay was the lead perpetrator in the heist that turned her life upside down. Hogan then leads readers through a long-winded labyrinth of inner reflection as Doug spends much of the book pondering whether he should quit the criminal life in order to pursue a deeper relationship with Claire. This undermines the suspense that crime fiction requires, and the novel is overlong by more than half. Although some characters are quite lively, most of them (including Doug) are not very sympathetic, and the end brings tragedy for many of them. All the same, the author's original writing style and knack for unusual metaphors can make for engaging reading, and the book's cinematic quality and grittily realistic action sequences bode well for its day on screen (it's been optioned by Law & Order producer Dick Wolf)." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "[A] moody, resonant thriller....[T]here's no doubt about Hogan's ability to blend weighty emotions with riveting shoot-outs as he depicts a complicated man, noble and villainous by turns, trapped in a life he desperately wants to change."
"Review" by , "[A]n impressive novel. It will be compared with Dennis Lehane's Mystic River....Granting that some readers might find Prince of Thieves more entertaining, Mystic River is the stronger, more serious novel, but Chuck Hogan is nonetheless a fine writer and well worth your time."
"Review" by , "Chuck Hogan has woven a rich narrative of friendship, young love and mounting suspense. On each season's fiction list, if you are lucky, there are one or two books that live up to the advance hype. Prince of Thieves is such a book."
"Review" by , "Chuck Hogan is a superb writer, and his Prince of Thieves is a grand novel peopled with believable characters in heart-wrenching scenes that throb with masterful suspense."
"Review" by , "What a compelling read! Hogan's Prince of Thieves is smart, speedy and stylish — a literary Pulp Fiction."
"Review" by , "Prince of Thieves is a standout this season."
"Review" by , "As profound as fellow Boston scribe Dennis Lehane, Hogan has produced Prince of Thieves, a novel that sticks to your memory."
"Review" by , "A riveting, splendidly detailed thriller."
"Synopsis" by , Chuck Hogan's brash tale of four men — thieves, rivals, friends — being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent, and the woman who may destroy them all, is a spectacular, stylish, heart-pounding thriller
"Synopsis" by , The latest thriller from the bestselling author of "The Standoff" is the story of a branch manager who survives a bank robbery that nearly ends in disaster only to fall for a man who, unbeknownst to her, is a criminal mastermind.
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