Forty Thieves (Paperback)
I am a long time fan of this author's Jane Whitfield series and his earlier Edgar Award winning THE BUTCHER'S BOY; but now new characters have caught my attention. Married ex-police officers now run their own detective agency and nearly lose everything when they run headlong into paid assassins.
"Perry offers a master class in narrative sleight of hand..." Booklist (starred review).
No indication that this will be a series, but we can hope.— marla
From New York Times bestselling author Thomas Perry comes a whip-smart and lethally paced standalone novel, Forty Thieves. Sid and Ronnie Abel are a husband-and-wife detective team, both ex-LAPD. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are assassins-for-hire living in the San Fernando Valley. Except for deadly aim with a handgun, the two couples have little in common--until both are hired to do damage control on the same murder case. The previous spring, a body was recovered from a storm sewer after two days of torrential rain. The corpse was identified as James Ballantine, a middle-aged African American who worked as a research scientist and was killed by two bullets to the back of the head. With the murder 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. Dramatic car chases, illicit affairs, and a notorious ring of Eastern European diamond thieves all play into the plot as the book races toward its high-octane climax, and the Abels circle ever closer to the dangerous truth.
About the Author
Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series and The Butcher's Boy, which won the Edgar Award. He lives in Southern California.