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Title:
Forty thieves

40 thieves
Title:
Forty thieves
Publisher Info:
New York : The Mysterious Press, [2016]
Physical Description:
356 pages ; 24 cm
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"Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team, both retirees of the LAPD. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins-for-hire living in the San Fernando Valley. Except for deadly aim with a handgun, the two couples have little in common--until they are both hired to do damage control on the same murder case. As the book races toward a high-octane climax, the Abels must fend for their own lives as they circle ever closer to the truth" -- from author's web page.

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From Thomas Perry, the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Whitefield series, comes a whip-smart and lethally paced standalone novel, Forty Thieves .

Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team, both retirees of the LAPD. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins-for-hire living in the San Fernando Valley. Except for deadly aim with a handgun, the two couples have little in common--until they are both hired to do damage control on the same murder case. The previous spring, after days of torrential rain, a body was recovered from one of the city's overwhelmed storm sewers. The victim was identified as James Ballantine, a middle-aged African-American who worked as a research scientist for a prestigious company and was well liked by his colleagues. But two bullets to the back of the head looked like nothing if not foul play. Now, with the case turning cold, Ballantine's former employers bring in the Abels to succeed where the police have failed, while the Hoyts' mysterious contractors want to make sure that the facts about Ballantine's death stay hidden. As the book races toward ahigh-octane climax, the Abels must fend for their own lives as they circle ever closer to the truth.


Author Notes

Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York, in 1947. He graduated from Cornell University in 1969 and earned a Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of Rochester in 1974.

Perry's novels, successful both critically and with the public, are suspenseful as well as comic. Butcher's Boy received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel in 1983, and another one of his novels has been adapted in the movie, The Guide (1999). His other novels include: Death Benefits, Nightlife, Fidelity, and Strip.

(Bowker Author Biography) Won an Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New Yor Times Notable book of the Year. Vanishing Act was chosen as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Perry's other works include: Death Benefits, The Face Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Blood Money. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

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Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Perry's novels are enhanced by a sardonic, slyly humorous approach. Reader Berkrot smoothly conveys this with a voice that sounds street-smart but literate, frequently amused and never terribly ruffled, even when the plot takes one of its frequent surprising twists. The novel concerns two married couples. Sid and Ronnie Abel are LAPD detectives turned private sleuths, hired by a corporation to find out who killed one of its scientists. Nicole and Ed Hoyt are assassins hired to stop the Abels' investigation, who, after several unsuccessful attempts, wind up on their Russian clients' hit list. Berkrot executes Sid and Ronnie's rapid-fire exchanges with perfect timing, sounding loving yet critical, exactly what you'd expect from seasoned long-married sleuths. He presents Nichole and Ed with Texan drawls even though the author is vague about their origins, giving them an easy-going geniality that seems off until it's justified by the ever-inventive plot. As for the cadre of unequivocal Russian villains, they are plentiful, yet Berkrot has devised a distinguishing gravelly croak for each male and an oddly sexy, consonant-rich growl for the group's ultra-deceptive female. A Grove/Atlantic/Mysterious hardcover. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Forced to decide whether they prefer Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield novels or his varied but equally entrancing stand-alones, most fans of this multitalented author would be forced to punt. It's an unanswerable question, really, leaving the Perry devotee no choice but to pick whichever kind of novel a Whitefield or a stand-alone he or she has read most recently. Following last year's String of Beads, an outstanding Whitefield adventure, Perry now jumps from one horse to another with all the agility of a rodeo rider. 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, the latter attempting to eliminate the former, until they both find themselves in the crosshairs of a lethal gang of Russian jewel thieves. Along the way to a knockout finale, in which everyone is shooting at everyone, at least for a while, Perry offers a master class in narrative sleight of hand just as we think we've decided this novel is all about action and narrative drive, he throws us headlong into the wacky personal lives of his characters and lulls us into thinking the pressure is off. But the pressure is never off in a Perry novel, just as the people are never merely action figures. 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.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2015 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Sid and Ronnie Abel, both former LAPD detectives, are now highly regarded PIs specializing in solving cold cases. The couple has been hired to investigate a corporate employee's suspicious death a year earlier. Concurrently, Ed and Nicole Hoyt, married assassins-for-hire team, is on a different client's payroll to do damage control on the demise of the African American research scientist before the Abels learn too much. Sid and Ronnie's exhaustive, meticulous investigation coincides with the extreme measures taken by the Hoyts to prevent the Abels from discovering the truth. VERDICT Perry's (A String of Beads; The Butcher's Boy) fantastic stand-alone thriller presents two intriguing couples whose relationships are as compelling as the action that drives them. The novel speeds to a surprising conclusion that will satisfy Perry's many followers and generate new fans. [See Prepub Alert, 7/13/15.]-Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.