From Thomas Perry, the New York Times best-selling 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.
"Perry keeps readers engrossed with wickedly smart protagonists.... [He] can really write." (San Francisco Examiner)
"There are probably half a dozen suspense writers now alive who can be depended upon to deliver high-voltage shocks, vivid, sympathetic characters, and compelling narrative...Perry is one of them." (Stephen King)
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A Solid Suspense Novel
Liked best = overall set up of story
Liked least = the ending and the unending shoot outs throughout
Felt the ending to be quite unsatisfactory. Don't want to print a spoiler but, personally, I felt the ending was like a Saturday Nigh Live sketch that was entertaining throughout but then suddenly ends as if the writers ran out of material.
Strange accent - almost "country" - and little difference between characters.
As a matter of fact, I could see the basic "hero" characters in a comic-trip type of series. (Like Castle)
- Sima Schuster