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Prince of Thieves: A Novelby Chuck Hogan
Synopses & Reviews
Four masked men — thieves, rivals, and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown — take on a Boston bank at gunpoint. Holding bank manager Claire Keesey hostage and cleaning out the vault was simple. But career criminal Doug MacRay didn't plan on one thing: falling in love with Claire.
With a tenacious FBI agent following his every move, Doug imagines a life away from his gritty, dangerous work. A life centered around Claire. But for Doug, that new life is just one final, perfect job away...
Racing to an explosive climax, Chuck Hogan's brash tale of robbery in all its forms is an unforgettable odyssey of crime, love, ambition, and dreams.
"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
"[A] moody, resonant thriller....
"[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." The Washington Post
"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." Stephen King
"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." Ed McBain
"What a compelling read! Hogan's Prince of Thieves is smart, speedy and stylish — a literary Pulp Fiction." Jeffrey Deaver
"Prince of Thieves is a standout this season." The Literary Guild's Inside Discovery
"As profound as fellow Boston scribe Dennis Lehane, Hogan has produced Prince of Thieves, a novel that sticks to your memory." Fort Worth Star Telegram
"A riveting, splendidly detailed thriller." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
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.
About the Author
Chuck Hogan's first novel, The Standoff, was translated into fourteen languages and adapted for film. His second, The Blood Artists, was called "sensational" and "masterfully suspenseful" by Kirkus Reviews and a "quantum leap" by the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Massachusetts and is at work on a new novel.
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