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.
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1 . Two Thumbs Up
Posted August 08, 2011 by View from DC , Cheverly, MDActually watched the movie, The Town, and loved it so much that I bought the book. Absolutely loved the book but admittedly favored the movie's ending.
2 . Does not dissapoint for a minute.
Posted September 03, 2010 by Lance , South CarolinaPrince of Thieves had absolutely not letup. Characters that were deeply written and very accesible. You will invest in everyone. I loved Hogan's way of having FBI agent Frawley sub-consciencly tied to the new yuppies that are taking over McRay's Town. McRay represents the old Charestown that his partner Jem so much wants to protect; but Doug knows is going away. Will Doug go away too after one more job? The triangle between Claire and her two suitors was yet another subplot that was worth pursuing as well for the author and at times it's hard to not to root for all of them in getting the life that they want but would have to walk away from everything they know in order to get.
I don't want to get into any spoilers so I'll just say that this was a taut, heist novel that gives you enough of an eduaction into doing bank jobs but doesn't overwhelm you with the details nor burn you out on being tense. It doesn't delve into the love story angle so much that it puts you to sleep. The ending? It doesn't insult you.
This is my first 5-star review...I don't love everything I read.
3 . Great most of the way
Posted September 03, 2007 by mlorenz , NCThe first 3/4 of the book is 5 stars - excellent. However, the last 1/4 was a 2 or 3, really didn't make a lot of sense. I still liked the book, but it really let me down toward the end.
March 30, 2005
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Excerpt from Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
Doug MacRay stood inside the rear door of the bank, breathing deeply through his mask. Yawning, that was a good sign. Getting oxygen. He was trying to get amped up. Breaking in overnight had left them with plenty of downtime to sit and eat their sandwiches and goof on each other and get comfortable, and that wasn't good for the job. Doug had lost his buzz -- the action, fear, and momentum that was the cocktail of banditry. Get in, get the money, get out. His father talking, but fuck it, on this subject the old crook was right. Doug was ready for this thing to fall.
He swung his head side to side but could not crack his neck. He looked at the black .38 in his hand, but gripping a loaded pistol had long since lost its porn. He wasn't there for thrills. He wasn't even there for money, though he wouldn't leave without it. He was there for the job. The job of the job, like the thing of the thing. Him and Jem and Dez and Gloansy pulling pranks together, same as when they were kids -- only now it was their livelihood. Heisting was what they did and who they were.
His blood warmed to that, the broad muscles of his back tingling. He rapped the hard plastic forehead of his goalie mask with his pistol barrel and shook out the cobwebs as he turned toward the door. A pro, an athlete at the top of his game. He was at the height of his powers.
Jem stood across from him like a mirror image: the dusty navy blue jumpsuit zipped over the armored vest, the gun in his gloved hand, and the white goalie mask marked up with black stitch scars, his eyes two dark sockets.
Happy voices approaching, muffled. Keys turning in reinforced locks, strongbars releasing.
A spear of daylight. A woman's hand on the knob and the kick of a chunky black shoe -- and the swish of a black floral skirt walking into Doug's life.
He seized the branch manager's arm and spun her around in front of him, showing her the pistol without jamming it in her face. Her eyes were green and bright and full, but it was his mask that scared short her scream, not the Colt.
Jem kicked the door shut behind the assistant manager, smacking the cardboard caddy out of the guy's hand. Two steaming cups of coffee splattered against the wall, leaving a runny brown stain.