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Forty Thieves by [Thomas Perry]
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Praise for Forty Thieves:

“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 couples—one a PI team, the other a hit couple for hire—spar 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 Thomas—the crime writer Perry most resembles—Perry’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 best—equal 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
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 380 ratings

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THOMAS PERRY is the author of 23 novels including the Jane Whitefield series (Vanishing Act, Dance for the Dead, Shadow Woman, The Face Changers, Blood Money, Runner, Poison Flower, and A String of Beads), Death Benefits, and Pursuit, the first recipient of the Gumshoe Award for best novel. He won the Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New York Times Notable Book. The Independent Mystery Bookseller's Association included Vanishing Act in its "100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century," and Nightlife was a New York Times bestseller. Metzger's Dog was voted one of NPR's 100 Killer Thrillers--Best Thrillers Ever.

Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California.  His website:

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1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad from one of my favourite thriller writers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting, well paced and a different take on the usual "hire a killer" theme?
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