Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry

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Read Forty Thieves Online Free - 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.

Title : Forty Thieves
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ISBN : 0802124526
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


James rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2017

This is another very enjoyable stand-alone novel from Thomas Perry, author of the Butcher's Boy and Jane Whitefield series. It's unique in that it has two sets of married couples who serve as the book's protagonists. The first, Sid and Ronnie Abel, have been married for thirty years. They're reti...

Esil rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2016

3 1/2 stars. This was a light fast paced mystery, and perfect to read as a counterpoint to a much heavier book I'm currently reading. The set up is clever. A husband and wife team of retired L.A.P.D. cops are hired as private investigators to solve a year old murder. They are almost immediately p...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

November 17, 2017

Another excellent, thrilling stand-alone (currently) by Perry which was also very well narrated. The point of view shifts between two couples, both very tough & smart, but on opposite sides of the law. Sid & Ronnie Able are retired cops who have been married for over 30 years & are pr...

Steve rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 06, 2016

2 stars. This started out very strong, but went off the rails before even reaching the halfway point. The author lost the plot, and the murder mystery wasn't even addressed by the couple investigating it until a single sentence at the 99% point. Disappointing.

Skip rated it ★★★☆☆

January 20, 2016

This is a tale of two married couples: private investigators, former LAPD cops Ronnie and Sid Abel and Nicole and Ed Hoyt, assassins for hire. The Abels are hired by the board of directors of Intercelleron to investigate the murder of one of their scientists, who was found in a storm drain after...

Faith rated it ★★★★☆

October 24, 2015

This book was entertaining, while not being particularly memorable. It might make a good airplane read. The crime at the center of the book is the murder of an African American chemist. When the police are unable to identify the killer, the victim's former employer hires a team of married ex-cops...

Flo rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 03, 2016

Thomas Perry wrote such good books in the past--The Butcher's Boy series, Metzger's Dog and other standalones, even a few in the Jane Whitefield series, I thought Forty Thieves would prove to be of the same high quality. It was not. The story begins by centering on two couples, one ex-cops turned...

Barbara rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2016

I chose this book based upon a recommendation of a trusted GR friend (thank you Esil) and I’m glad I read it. The attraction for me was that it is a detective murder mystery with a husband and wife team (detectives) opposing another husband and wife team (hit men). The detectives are the type I l...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★☆

September 25, 2015

I always love Thomas Perry and while Jane is my favorite of his characters, the Hoyts and the Abels are fine companions. Perry has a black sense of humor that serves him well in these very fast paced and entertaining novels. If you like something a little different from the usual LA noir police p...

Vicki rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 18, 2016

Audiobook Review 2 Stars I wasted quite a few hours waiting for this book to get better. It got worse. Two couples -- one good, one bad -- war with one another during a murder investigation. I gave up. I don't stop reading books very often, so it's an indicator that either the writing is atrocious,...

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