I must confess that I approached this book with a lot of apprehension. The marketing compares the author to John Grisham. Now time for guilty secret confession. I have read most of Grisham's work and whilst reading his books I have to admit they are compulsive. They are also instantly forgettable and I have never had the urge to re-read any of his work. There were early signs in "Among Thieves" that it might conform to this formulaic mode (explaining that 75% is equivalent to 3 out of 4 for example). This affects only the first few pages however and the novel quickly picks up and drags the reader along at a cracking pace.
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
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