Forty Thieves

Forty Thieves

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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 a high-octane climax, the Abels must fend for their own lives as they circle ever closer to the truth.
Publisher: New York, NY : The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2016.
ISBN: 9780802190642
0802190642
0802124526
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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7626dee
Apr 03, 2017

The bad team is unlucky but never gives up. The good team finally gets them cornered and lets them go. I did enjoy the reading and both teams seemed worth rooting for.

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jpwroblewski
Nov 05, 2016

I was entertained by the interesting plot and characters. I was satisfied to have the story end but wonder what Sid and Ronnie Abel will be doing next.

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demag2
Jul 23, 2016

Terrible!
New York Times best selling Author says it all. It is based on sales certainly not on talent.

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

Perry has outdone himself with this outstanding novel. The plot was interesting that two pairs of made for each other husband and wife teams crossed path because a scientist was found murdered inside a LA storm drain. The twists at the end was so unexpected that I had to go back in places to search for clues. Lo-and-behold, there they were near the middle of the book! In reflection, the reading was like running a 10K: trot at the first K, jog for the next 2K, run the next 5K and sprint the final 2K. Utterly exhilarating read!

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dcafk
Feb 26, 2016

This is a comic book without the pictures.

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StarGladiator
Jan 02, 2016

// The whole country is inhabited by criminals. \\
The perfect quote from an outstanding read from Thomas Perry, who is back in top form. [Although I am often put off by Mr. Perry's almost morally relativistic slant on the killers of society being kind of OK, it was still a great read!]

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

“What’s different about a professional?” “He’s killed people before. He knows a body contains about five quarts of blood, and that it doesn’t clean up well, so he doesn’t try. He knows in advance that he’ll need an alibi, a way of getting out unseen, a place to get rid of the weapon, a way to get far away before the body is found. And he’s left nothing at the scene that can lead to him— objects, fingerprints, or DNA.”

“My arms are so tired. I don’t think I could lift them again if I had to.” “That’s good too,” he said. “When you’re fighting, use everything you have. Don’t save anything. There’s not going to be a better use for your energy later.”

The couple looked like a pair of high school teachers, the sort who had seen everything at least five times, and hadn’t been particularly disturbed by it the first time.

“We’re supposed to be following them. A fox doesn’t look over his shoulder to see if he’s being stalked by chickens.”

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

The Figueroa was a private club, founded many years ago by a group of people who had shared a belief in after-hours drinking, and free enterprise that often included the exchange of goods and services that were not supposed to be for sale. It had retained that character long after many of those activities had gone out of style and been replaced by something worse, or become legal.

Men were astoundingly simple. They were motivated by sex and greed.

At 5: 00 a.m. the streets of Los Angeles were already filling up. There was never a time when the roads were empty, but a change of people occurred before dawn, with the last of the night people giving up and going indoors to sleep until their next chance occurred at sundown, and the day people charging out to take their turn.

We’re natural sinners. Nobody had to tell me how to go about any of this. I just knew.

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

The drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles was 270 miles, and it always made Nicole a little bit nervous. It was at least four hours of driving with the least risk-averse group of travelers ever to be on a public highway. The fact that most of them had just had a lesson in the folly of optimism only made them impatient, and a few of them mean.

“ … ready. Just take a minute and help me understand the plan.” “There is no plan,” Ed said. “He’s there, he’s alone right now, and that means right now is when we have to do it. No choice.” … He was betting on getting through this on sheer audacity.

“ … whoever he was working for just happened to know some Russians. Or if these guys were members of a gang.” “Well they weren’t a bunch of wedding planners.”

“Do you think we should tell Miguel Fuentes what we found?” “We don’t know if we found anything, or just helped the guy clean his house.”

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

“Well, now we’ll have another try in a new country. It’s amazing that so many made it out of that place. I’m never going back there. The whole country is inhabited by criminals.”

QUILLIVRAY AN EQUESTRIAN NEIGHBORHOOD. PLEASE USE CAUTION. Ronnie said, “It just means watch what you step on.”

“We’ll go over the border to Mexico.” But she really didn’t want to go to Mexico. The whole country was full of drug cartels with armies of killers, and the extra killers who were temporarily out of work made a living kidnapping people. Everybody else in the country was willing to swim rivers, climb steel walls, and crawl through deserts to get out of it.

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