Rob Brunner
July 13, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Thick as Thieves

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Peter Spiegelman
publisher
Knopf
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

You’ve read (and seen) this one before: A sophisticated criminal crew get together for One Last Job that will, if all goes according to plan, let them get out of the game for good. But some stock characters and a premise as clichéd as its title can’t derail this well-constructed crime thriller. In Thick as Thieves, Spiegelman weaves a complex, satisfying tale around gang leader Carr, a onetime CIA trainee with a level head and an increasingly untrustworthy bunch of co-conspirators. Though the end has perhaps one too many surprise! moments, Spiegelman’s sharp prose and deft plotting elevate this Ocean’s Eleven-style caper story. B+

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