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'It is the detail and subplots that make Hosp such a gripping writer. He creates real dilemmas for his characters and saves the most touching resolution to the very end... Hosp is growing and developing with each new book.' --Daily Express
`Hosp is a born storyteller, Grisham and Turow have never written as grippingly.' --Daily Telegraph
`Hosp provides a skilful take on the Grisham-style legal procedural, with the inevitable cast of loveable sidekick, and adds a tough, distinctive tone, closer to his fellow Bostonian crime writers Dennis Lehane and Dave Zeltserman.' --Mail on Sunday
`Hosp is often compared to his fellow lawyer-turned-novelist John Grisham, but this is a grittier read than Grisham's and all the better for it. With believable characters and an authentic setting, Hosp has produced a great page turner. --Press Association
`Finn is markedly more individual that the wearying army of Grisham wannabes...
What makes the Grisham mention a little ironic, is he's actually the better writer...
Among Thieves moves that an express train but the real pleasure derives from the character interaction.'
`With a clever, believable plot, Among Thieves is one of those thrillers that propels the reader through to the last page, leaving them thoroughly exhilarated' --Waterstone's Books Quarterly
`Accomplished legal thriller writer' --The Bookseller
A killer hell bent on revenge. One man’s hunt for justice. The heist of the century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I think the marketing does Mr Hosp a disservice. His work is much better than Grisham's. His characters are believable (some being likeable and others completely awful, whilst some are a mix). The story is enthralling and the dialogue is snappy and witty.
If I had to make a comparison it would be with the early work of Dennis Lehane. Like him Hosp uses the city of Boston as an extra "character" sand this profound role for the location gives the book more depth. I would caution that Hosp is not in Lehane's league, but then very few writers could claim to be.
Hosp has produced a compelling novel which is based on a conjecture of what may have happened in a real life crime. He produces a believable world with what appears to me an accurate portrayal of the influence of local politics, links to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the inter-agency rivalry that seems to bedevil the American justice system. One note of caution is that the portrayal of violence is quite graphic and certainly not for the squeamish
If you want a good read that will stay with you for a long time then I recommend this book
The main character, Scott Finn, looks to have at least another book in him, with his complex background, and Hosp manages to avoid bland stereotypes with the other characters, all of which adds to the interest. He may struggle to come up with a more implacable and ruthless (but still believable) villian, though.
This really is an accomplished legal/detective thriller. I gather this is Hosp's 3rd book, and I will certainly be seeking out the others, and looking forward to the next. If you have read and enjoyed Scott Turow, Michael Connolly or John Grisham, then I recommend this without reservation.
I have now read ALL of this authors one after the other and they were all the same
this is another of the can't go to sleep till i have read it books
In the present day, an IRA fanatic wants the paintings in a desperate bid to sell them. Hosp's main protagonist, lawyer Scott Finn, becomes involved as he ends up defending one of the men originally involved in the heist.
The book is reasonably well told, but I had a hard time believing in a terrorist group, barely still functioning, honestly thinking they could get hold of the stolen art and sell it to fund their barely ongoing war. The story starts fairly promisingly, but doesn't really develop enough over its 360-odd pages. For example, two police officers are introduced and given a fair amount of backstory, but then disappear for a massive chunk of the book only to reappear briefly again at the end.
At the other end, the IRA soldier in Boston to secure the paintings, Liam Killbranish, is under-developed. He's a cold blooded killer for reasons that are covered a little, but it would have been good to have a bit more to him than that.
Scott Finn is a lawyer, but doesn't have much to do when it comes to practicing law. He behaves more as a private detective, along with his investigator, than a defence attorney much of the time. He is from the bad streets of Boston (we know this as we are frequently reminded of it) and you expect something of a maverick attitude and a few shady brushes with the law, but it just doesn't happen. Instead Finn seems a bit bland and wet. I didn't find myself particularly warming to him.
The city of Boston is a character in the book and it pays if you know a bit about it.Read more ›
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Purchased for a family member - but they are most impressed with the book.Published 20 months ago by Miss B
This item was a gift so I can not comment on content. Person liked the gift and seemed to have no problems with it.Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by Jalz
Not much to say as I immediately forgot this book which is not true of the first one which I enjoyed, but this one was slow and a bit boring - not sure why!Published on 12 Jun. 2013 by Fanzy Fix
Suspense from start to finish and good that there is a follow up of characters that you can then relate too.Published on 25 May 2013 by Geoff M
Thanks seller great service, and I loved this book very much looking forward to reading more cant wait.Posted early in secure packagePublished on 22 Oct. 2011 by Amazon Customer