Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
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The men wear masks. Their guns are drawn on the bank manager. She nervously recites the alarm code, and the tumblers within the huge vault fall. The timing and execution are brilliant. It could be the perfect heist. But as the huge sum of cash is stolen, so too is one man's heart -- and that man is the Prince of Thieves...
Charlestown, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood, produces more bank robbers and armored car thieves than any square mile in the world. In this gripping, intricately plotted thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank and one of an influx of young professionals chipping away at the neighborhood's insularity, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can't get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and as soon as he and Claire meet, their mutual attraction is undeniable -- as are the risks of a relationship.
Meanwhile, Doug's crew pulls off another audacious, meticulously planned job. Frustrated by their ingenuity and brazen ambition, FBI Agent Adam Frawley begins to zero in on Doug and his pals -- and against his own better judgment, he, too, develops more than a professional interest in Claire.
Under pressure from Frawley's ever-closer investigation, Doug imagines a life for himself away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. It's a magnificently dangerous and utterly irresistible opportunity -- yet for Doug, pursuing his former hostage may be the most dangerous act of all...
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.

About Chuck Hogan

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Chuck Hogan is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Devils in Exile and The Killing Moon.  The Town was awarded the Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing, and named one of the ten best novels of the year by Stephen King.  He is also the co-author, with Guillermo del Toro, of the international bestseller The Strain.  He lives with his family outside Boston.
Published August 10, 2004 by Scribner. 420 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Doug, meanwhile, does the unthinkable: smitten, he locates Claire, pretends to meet her for the first time, and asks her out.

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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.

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He is now determined to change his life, but the question will be, 'Is it too late?' During the course of the robbery depicted in the opening chapters of Chuck Hogan's PRINCE OF THIEVES, Doug is bothered by the way the caper went down, especially the vicious behavior of his partners in crime agai...

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