Thick as Thieves
By Peter Spiegelman
(Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307263179, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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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.
Peter Spiegelman is the author of Black Maps, which won the 2004 Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel, Death’s Little Helpers, and Red Cat. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Spiegelman spent nearly twenty years in the financial services and software industries, and worked with leading banks and brokerages around the world. He lives in Connecticut.
Peter Spiegelman worked on Wall Street for 20 years before becoming a writer. In his new novel, Thick as Thieves, he brings that Wall Street experience to stories of capers, heists and double crosses. More at NPR.org
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“Slick, sophisticated, and satisfying . . . this is thriller fiction at its best.”
—Lee Child, author of Worth Dying For
“Thick as Thieves is a pure delight. Carr is one of the most compelling protagonists in recent memory and there’s not a moment’s rest as the action speeds along like a getaway car. Heists, money-laundering, and smart plotting in a novel that’s reminiscent of Elmore Leonard’s best work . . . it doesn't get any better than this.”
—Jeffery Deaver, author of The Burning Wire
“Thick as Thieves showcases the further development of Peter Spiegelman, one of our best writers of suspense and intrigue. His characters are forceful, smart, and his prose is supple, precise, and often poetic. Spiegelman gives us a deep inside look at scams and scammers of various sorts, and puts a big whirling plot into motion that ultimately delivers every satisfaction it promises at the start.”
—Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone
“Thick as Thieves is anything but ‘thick’—it’s sleek and subtle, with Spiegelman’s rare eye for the telling detail. Thrilling in both tone and substance, these thieves will steal you away from whatever else you were doing, and leave you glad they did.”
—Don Winslow, author of Savages
“Ever read a thriller so nicely written you flip back a few pages to re-experience an especially well-turned bit of prose? Spiegelman’s caper novel is like that . . . The fine writing adds a layer of aesthetic pleasure to a good crime story . . . [The crew] brings off a sweeping symphony of a con, a grand attempt to relieve a bad guy of his gazillions . . . The ending is great, but it’s an even greater trip getting there.”
“Peter Spiegelman’s Thick as Thieves is vivid and intense story telling at its best! Crackling dialogue, double-crossing characters, and terrific plot twists make Thieves a winner. Who are the bad guys in this spell-binding tale of lies, big bucks, computer crime, and murder? Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! What an ending! Wow!”
—Edna Buchanan, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Legally Dead, and A Dark and Lonely Place
“Superlative prose lifts this gritty stand-alone from Shamus Award–winner Spiegelman . . . Spiegelman, who has worked in both financial services and software industries, makes the mission both intricate and plausible.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Good writers scoop up your world, recast it, and send it right back at you, larger than it was before . . . Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? It is. Yet great ones like Peter Spiegelman do it day after day, book after book. Because they have important things to tell you.”
—James Sallis, author of Salt River