Prince of Thieves: A Novel

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Scribner, 2004 - Fiction - 364 pages
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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.

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User Review  - CSDaley - LibraryThing

I read this because I loved the movie The Town. I figured the source material would be as good. It was but I will warn you. It is an extremely moody and sad piece. I feel terrible upon finishing it. Read full review

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User Review  - mtlkch - LibraryThing

I'm so glad I didn't read the book first; I would have never gone to the movie. The movie was very good - a lot of things were different, but a lot were the same, also. I would not read this book again. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Chuck Hogan is an American author. He is the author of Prince of Thieves: A Novel, a work which Ben Affleck's Academy Award-nominated film The Town in 2010 is based on. The work won the 2005 Hammett Prize and was called one of the ten best novels of the year by Stephen King. He is also the co-author of a trilogy of vampire novels with Guillermo del Toro. His title The Night Eternal: Book III of The Strain Trilogy made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List for 2011.

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