Thick as Thieves by Peter Spiegelman

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A new thriller that takes us inside a hair-raising heist, where paranoia hangs as heavy as the tropical heat, and the only law is Murphy’s.

Carr—ex-CIA—is the reluctant leader of an elite crew planning a robbery of such extraordinary proportions that it will leave them all set for life. Diamonds, money-laundering, and extortion go into a timed-to-the-minute scheme that unfurls across South America, Miami, and Grand Cayman Island. Carr’s cohorts are seasoned pros, but they’re wound drum-tight: months before, the man who brought them together was killed in what Carr suspects was a setup. And there are other loose ends. Some of the intel they’re paying for is badly inaccurate, and one of the gang—lately, Carr’s lover—may have an agenda of her own. Carr finds himself “working the paranoid calculus . . . mapping the shifting landscape of who-owes-who and who-owns-who, of loyalty, grudge, and pressure”—but his biggest problems are yet to come: few of his crew are what they seem to be, and even his own past will turn out to be built on a lie.

Terrifically suspenseful and psychologically complex, Thick as Thieves is a rare, penetrating look into the sophisticated machinations of an unparalleled crime, and Peter Spiegelman’s most accomplished and galvanizing novel yet.


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About Peter Spiegelman

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Spiegelman is the Shamus Award-winning author of Black Maps (Knopf, 2003), Death's Little Helpers (Knopf, 2005), and Red Cat (Knopf, 2007), which feature private detective and Wall Street refugee John March. Mr. Spiegelman is a twenty-year veteran of the financial services and software industries, and has worked with banks, brokerage houses and central banks in major markets.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by Vintage. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But what really sets this apart is the quality of Spiegelman’s writing: “Backlit on the 14th tee, Mr. Boyce is a slab of granite escaped from the quarry, or spare parts from Stonehenge.” It’s not every day genre prose gets that kind of polish (Red Cat, 2007, etc.).

Sep 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Thick as Thieves

Publishers Weekly

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When a self-professed robber ("cash and highly liquid items only") asks former CIA agent Carr to assume the leadership of a group of highly skilled thieves, Carr, who's been using his gifts to anticipate problems and organize sophisticated schemes for criminal purposes in Houston, reluctantly acc...

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Tom Nolan reviews "Thick as Thieves" by Peter Spiegelman.

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The Wall Street Journal

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That's the rule that was established by Declan, the charismatic and garrulous mentor and crew leader who lured Carr into this larcenous life after Carr's botched careers in the CIA and private security.

Aug 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Thick as Thieves

New York Journal of Books

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Plots of successful thrillers move us quickly through the pages and suspend our disbelief of the poorly thought-out details, the cardboard characters, the improbable relationships, and serviceable but not especially notable writing.

Jul 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Thick as Thieves

Book Reporter

The majority of it relies on suspense rather than violence to keep things moving in an extremely subtle way.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Thick as Thieves, Spiegelman weaves a complex, satisfying tale around gang leader Carr, a onetime CIA trainee with a level head and an increasingly untrustworthy bunch of co-conspirators.

Jul 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Thick as Thieves

The Columbus Dispatch

Do shoppers who are increasing their purchases of ammunition have reasonable concerns over future regulation of gun and ammunition sales?

Jul 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Thick as Thieves

Mysterious Reviews

Review: After years of meticulous preparation, the execution of a $100 million heist fails to go off quite as planned in Thick as Thieves, a novel of suspense by Peter Spiegelman.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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...

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