Friday 23 February 2018

Review: Thick As Thieves by Spiegleman

Quercus, £12.99

Carr, a former CIA operative, is the reluctant leader of a crack criminal gang planning the biggest heist of their lives. The team consists of introverted and dangerous Latin Mike, wisecracking Bobby, computer geek Danny and sultry Valerie, Carr's sometime girlfriend.

Their previous job ended in disaster, resulting in the violent death of Carr's criminal mentor, wily old Irishman Declan, and Carr suspects one of the team may have sold them out on that operation.

This time they are targeting a fallen hedge-fund manager named Curtis Prager, who has re-invented himself in the Cayman Islands as a banker to the world's most dangerous criminals, and who alone holds access to their ill-gotten billions.

Setting up the complex heist has taken Carr and his team months of detailed planning and millions of dollars in expenses as the action ranges from Houston to Miami and the Caymans. But as they prepare to move on their 'mark', Carr discovers his costly intelligence is dangerously out of date.

Is he being sold out for a second time? Is there anyone on his team he can trust?

Thick as Thieves is an ingeniously crafted and beautifully paced thriller that carries the reader along on a tsunami of adrenaline, heart pounding and palms damp with sweat, as Carr's meticulous and complex plan threatens to unravel piece by piece and, with disaster and death looming, he is forced to desperately improvise.

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