Thick as Thieves

Peter Spiegelman. Knopf, $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-307-26317-9
Superlative prose lifts this gritty stand-alone from Shamus Award–winner Spiegelman (Black Maps). When a self-professed robber ("cash and highly liquid items only") asks former CIA agent Carr to assume the leadership of a group of highly skilled thieves, Carr, who's been using his gifts to anticipate problems and organize sophisticated schemes for criminal purposes in Houston, reluctantly accepts. The group is aiming at its richest prize yet­—tens of millions of dollars belonging to a disgraced financier, Curtis Prager, who evaded conviction for money laundering and conspiracy after the key witness against him fortunately died and now runs a financial services company for organized criminals in the Caymans. To loot Prager, the team must penetrate multiple layers of security—both physical and cyber. Carr must also contend with his father's failing health and the possibility that one of his people is a traitor. Spiegelman, who has worked in both financial services and software industries, makes the mission both intricate and plausible. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/16/2011
Release date: 07/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
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