Published by Melville House
Rick and Frank are recovering addicts and accomplished house thieves who steal to order, as assigned jobs by their boss. Nothing is left to chance. In fact, chance is their biggest fear. They devote much of their time to eliminating chance to ensure that they don’t get caught.
But then they’re sent to an unfamiliar city to break into a home and steal something that seems worthless to them- although they quickly discover that there are others who seem to want it quite badly… and to be willing to do anything to get it.
As Rick and Frank become trapped in a tightening web of greed and violence, they are forced to confront their past and their livelihoods. The narrative builds steadily into a powerful and satisfying climax.
Revelling in its con-artistry and double-crosses, Just Thieves is a nail-biting eerily existential and nourish exploration of the working lives of two unforgettable crooks and the hidden forces that rule and ruin their lives.
First off I didn’t think I would like the characters of Rick and Frank given their dubious past but actually I couldn’t help myself getting hooked on their stories. The plot bubbles and sizzles with tension and intrigue that keeps you hooked until the end. Whilst primarily this is a story of crime, theft and all round general law breaking the relationship between Rick and Frank is more than friendship, they are forever bonded by their past deeds and future jobs.
Assigned to a job that to them seems worthless, disaster strikes when Frank disappears with the so called prized possession leaving Rick to track him down, leading him to confront his own past demons. Can their friendship over come all the trauma of the past?
The writing is excellent and keeps you engaged, you feel invested in the story and the twists and turns are good. I would recommend this to anyone who likes crime novels (which I do) but also if you like your crime novels that little bit different feel. Just Thieves is a unique read and a very enjoyable one at that.
Many thanks to Tom at Melville House for my copy in exchange for this review. Please check out the other stops on this tour for more reviews!