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Forty Thieves Kindle Edition
Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team, both ex-LAPD. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins-for-hire living in the San Fernando Valley. Except for deadly aim with a Glock 17, the couples have little in common—until they’re hired to do damage control on the same murder. The body of research scientist James Ballantine has been pulled from a storm sewer, with two bullet holes in the back of his head.
With the case turning cold, Ballantine’s former employers bring in the Abels to succeed where the police have failed. As for the Hoyts, their mysterious contractors want to make sure that the facts about Ballantine’s death stay hidden. Now the Abels must try to survive as they circle ever closer to the truth, and to a dangerous pair guarding it with their lives.
From “a master of nail-biting suspense” (Los Angeles Times), comes a “propulsive, darkly humorous” (Publishers Weekly) “double-barreled Southern California thriller that moves almost faster than a speeding bullet” (The Wall Street Journal).
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Guns are ubiquitous in Thomas Perry’s breathtaking Forty Thieves, a double-barreled Southern California thriller that moves almost faster than a speeding bullet.”Tom Dolan, Wall Street Journal
“With a rat-a-tat plot that's as violent as a video¬game, Perry follows two couples-one a pair of ex-LAPD officers and the other assassins-for¬ hire-who work opposite sides of the same case.”―Entertainment Weekly
Nick and Nora Charles they’re not. But while Sid and Veronica Abel may be lacking in urbanity, these private investigators are no less brainy and far better marksmen. Appearing for the first time in Thomas Perry’s new thriller, Forty Thieves, these former Los Angeles police detectives have been married for over 30 years and have children and grandchildren. That confers on them the wisdom of the ancients, along with the cloak of invisibility in a youth-obsessed society, which suits them just fine . . . The tips you learn in a Perry novel are priceless.”Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
This stand-alone caper smoothly mixes high-octane thrills with comic capering, as two married couplesone a PI team, the other a hit couple for hirespar with one another . . . until they both find themselves in the crosshairs of a lethal gang of Russian jewel thieves. Along the way to a knockout finale . . . Perry offers a master class in narrative sleight of hand . . . . Like the work of the late, great Ross Thomasthe crime writer Perry most resemblesPerry’s books, whether series or stand-alone, absolutely resist easy categorization, thoroughly melding character and plot, light and dark, and totally immersing the reader in the irresistible narrative.”Booklist (starred review)
Forty Thieves is Thomas Perry at his bestequal parts exciting, ingenious and entertaining.”Deadly Pleasures
Sardonic humor is rare in American mysteries. It is the kind of humor that creeps up on you and suddenly your reaction is a wry smile as you read the double-edged melodrama which abounds in Thomas Perry’s work.”Washington Times
Propulsive, darkly humorous . . . As the likable, series-worthy Abels struggle to survive at least long enough to solve [the] murder, Perry tosses in several hairpin plot twists that culminate in a satisfyingly surprising conclusion.”Publishers Weekly
Sid and Ronnie, both formerly of the LAPD, are brainy, thorough, and resourceful . . . The would-be killers, Ed and Nicole Hoyt, are the kind of people Perry knows like the back of his hand: coldhearted, businesslike, and consummately successful . . . Entertaining and suspenseful.”Kirkus Reviews
A really solid suspense novel. One that gives you plenty of action, intriguing characters, but most of all, some real chills down the spine . . . You’ll read this until the wee hours.”Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Forty Thieves . . . is high-voltage Perry . . . In Perry’s world you’ll find no faces from Central Casting, and you’ll hear no dialogue that rings flat or familiar. He brings his superb thriller to a close with a confrontation between his two foes that is as astonishing as it is satisfying.”Open Letters Monthly
About the Author
Thomas Perry received a BA from Cornell University and a PhD in English from the University of Rochester. He won an Edgar for The Butchers Boy, and Metzgers Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Southern California.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B0163BZ2GG
- Publisher : Mysterious Press (December 15, 2015)
- Publication date : December 15, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 7909 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #168,092 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So if someone else had written this book, I would have given it 2 stars. If you're a fan of Mr. Perry's, I suggest getting it from the library or waiting until the price goes down.
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I persevered with this but gave up two-thirds of the way through: worn down by the terrible prose, cliches, and cardboard cut-out characters.