Among Thieves

Among Thieves

Bestselling author David Hosp returns with his most thrilling novel yet... AMONG THIEVESIn 1990, $300 million worth of paintings were stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in what remains one of the greatest unsolved art thefts of the twentieth century. Now, nearly twenty years later, the case threatens to break wide open. Members of Boston's criminal underg...

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Among Thieves Reviews

  • Cheryl

    Synopsis: Portion from the front jacket...In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers entered Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the guards, and escaped with 500 million dollars' worth of paintings. The heist provoked a massive search for both the thieves and the lost masterpieces. But the paintings never surfaced and the mystery remained unsolved. Now, almost twenty years later, there case threatens to break wide open.

    My thoughts: Scott Finn

    Synopsis: Portion from the front jacket...In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers entered Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the guards, and escaped with 500 million dollars' worth of paintings. The heist provoked a massive search for both the thieves and the lost masterpieces. But the paintings never surfaced and the mystery remained unsolved. Now, almost twenty years later, there case threatens to break wide open.

    My thoughts: Scott Finn, who has known the streets of Boston and the foster care system as a child, but was able to turn his life around and become an attorney. He is asked to take on a theft case from a former acquaintance of his earlier years. And accepting to defend Devon Malley, it thrusts Finn into a situation that is far from easy. Enter Boston's "mob" associates, murders, having to become care taker to Malley's 14 year old daughter, and a kidnapping. And how does this all tie into an unsolved 20 year cold case art heist?

    My opinion and rating: (Rating 5) Once again, I was given the opportunity to read an extraordinary book. It was Grisham meets Parker. From the first chapter to the last page, the fast paced action never stopped, at times the reader forgets to breathe. The ending is a total surprise, one that this reader never saw coming. I could not put this one down. Bravo!!!!!

  • Deb Mj

    I'd give it a 3.5 if I could. This was a very slow start for me, despite having read the previous books in this series. I seriously considered giving up on it for a little bit; however, it really picked up a little less than halfway through and I ended up enjoying it a great deal.

    This is fiction based on the real-life theft of millions of dollars worth of art from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Really interesting take on the theft. It took a while to get back into the swing of things with Finn, L

    I'd give it a 3.5 if I could. This was a very slow start for me, despite having read the previous books in this series. I seriously considered giving up on it for a little bit; however, it really picked up a little less than halfway through and I ended up enjoying it a great deal.

    This is fiction based on the real-life theft of millions of dollars worth of art from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Really interesting take on the theft. It took a while to get back into the swing of things with Finn, Lissa and Koz, but they're good characters, if a little devoid of emotion. I'll look for the next in the series.

  • Christine

    The Gardner Museum art theft is the largest unsolved art theft ever perpetrated. The thieves got away with priceless pieces of art and a few incidental tokens. The mixture of the items taken has baffled investigators since it occurred in 1990. There are many factual books written about this theft. This one is an excellent fictionalized version of the story. Mr. Hosp takes the facts of the case and weaves a plausible account which reads as a good story. Enough intrigue and bloodshed to keep actio

    The Gardner Museum art theft is the largest unsolved art theft ever perpetrated. The thieves got away with priceless pieces of art and a few incidental tokens. The mixture of the items taken has baffled investigators since it occurred in 1990. There are many factual books written about this theft. This one is an excellent fictionalized version of the story. Mr. Hosp takes the facts of the case and weaves a plausible account which reads as a good story. Enough intrigue and bloodshed to keep action fans interested and, enough art history to keep art fans happy. The characters are interesting and the reader starts to get involved in their lives as well as the action in which they are involved. To me it even seems one of Mr. Hosp's FBI agents bears a striking resemblance to renowned art theft investigator Harold Smith. Overall an interesting, well researched and, well written book.

  • Mark Soone

    My wife and I went on a mini-vacation up to lancaster, PA...Yes, that means because I love my wife I would be frequenting many clothing/decorating outlets for..Uuuuggghhhhhhh hours on end....Fortunately (I believe) she also loves me and endured a couple of hours of watching me rummage through new/used book stores...That is where I unearthed this gem! I would probably call this a 4.5 star if that option was available. I have never heard of Hosp, and was not aware that I was reading the 3rd book o

    My wife and I went on a mini-vacation up to lancaster, PA...Yes, that means because I love my wife I would be frequenting many clothing/decorating outlets for..Uuuuggghhhhhhh hours on end....Fortunately (I believe) she also loves me and endured a couple of hours of watching me rummage through new/used book stores...That is where I unearthed this gem! I would probably call this a 4.5 star if that option was available. I have never heard of Hosp, and was not aware that I was reading the 3rd book of a series untill just now. I hope that they are as good as this, because I am on a mission to read them as well.

    This is one of the coolest crime/thrillers I have read in quite some time. Based upon an actual crime that took place in Boston, the largest known art heist it seems, is crafted by Hosp into a fictious version of what could have happened...what he crafts is one of the finest surprises I have come across in this genre. The characters are likeable enough with our protaginist trio of Scott Finn's Law firm, as well as supporting good guys Sanchez/Stone and possible good/bad guys Hewitt/Porter...sprinkled with a nice dose of a methodical/driven antogonist Mr. K (I don't feel like spelling his name), and of course some street thugs and yes, the mob and the IRA as well.

    I can't really think of any major flaw/fault that I find or have with this book...One of the intricle secrets I was surprised by how it unfolded in the final 5-10 pages making the mystery a little sweeter....I guees I was mildly disappointed at how things with Liam unfolded....He was a methodical/vicious/skilled soldier/killer who planned everything well, paid meticoulous attention to detail and then carried it out in brutal efficiancy....and then he makes a rash decision, with no planning having given little heed to his surroundings and...Oh well perhaps it was the excitement of being on the cusp of achieving his lifes work/dream that caused him to act out of character....it just didn't seem consistant with who he was....

    A vry cool book with plenty of acton as well as dialouge/charcter development!

  • Shelley Fearn

    How did I miss the news about the Gardner Museum heist in 1990? The book starts out with an introduction telling the reader that the paintings, valued at half a billion dollars are still missing and that the case was never solved. Then the book starts. About 5 pages in I was hooked.

    Next the book introduced Whitey Bulger and I realized that he was the gangster discovered in California and extradited to Boston on racketeering charges in 2011 - a year after Hosp's book came out.

    The theft is the bas

    How did I miss the news about the Gardner Museum heist in 1990? The book starts out with an introduction telling the reader that the paintings, valued at half a billion dollars are still missing and that the case was never solved. Then the book starts. About 5 pages in I was hooked.

    Next the book introduced Whitey Bulger and I realized that he was the gangster discovered in California and extradited to Boston on racketeering charges in 2011 - a year after Hosp's book came out.

    The theft is the basis of this suspenseful mystery. Hosp masterfully offers a fictionalized theory on what might have happened in the heist interwoven into the story of a lawyer trying to defend a thief with ties to organized crime in Boston.

    The action starts early on in the book and doesn't stop. And without being maudlin, Hosp moved me with the ending which rarely happens in suspense thrillers.

    Well done!

  • Marshall

    This book is a thriller, but not a legal thriller, and a mystery, but not in the traditional sense. Scott Finn and his crew take on a client accused of robbery which takes a bizarre twist when the client turns out to be one of the principals in the Isabella Stewart Gardner thefts. As a Boston native, I thought Hosp does a great job of capturing the charm of the museum. I also enjoyed the way he brought in Whitey Bulger and laid out the incredible relationship Whitey had with the FBI. If you like

    This book is a thriller, but not a legal thriller, and a mystery, but not in the traditional sense. Scott Finn and his crew take on a client accused of robbery which takes a bizarre twist when the client turns out to be one of the principals in the Isabella Stewart Gardner thefts. As a Boston native, I thought Hosp does a great job of capturing the charm of the museum. I also enjoyed the way he brought in Whitey Bulger and laid out the incredible relationship Whitey had with the FBI. If you like books which incorporate real events and people, you will enjoy Among Thieves. The characters are interesting and the dialogue is smart and sharp. The plot is mostly credible, except for the Irish super-soldier, but I was ok with that. Hosp's fictional account of the Gardner theft is terrific and accounts for all of the facts and oddities in the robbery which remains the largest art theft in history and the paintings are still unrecovered. I like tense courtroom scenes and legal maneuvering, and there are none here.

  • Jeanette

    A good solid three stars, maybe even 3 1/2.

    The most interesting thing about this book was that Hosp built a fictional mystery around a real event---the biggest art theft in history. The theft took place at the Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. The art works have never been recovered, and are estimated to be worth half a billion dollars! In this story, Hosp creates an entirely fictional scenario about the theft and its aftermath.

    In a previous book, I really enjoyed the snappy dialogue among Finn

    A good solid three stars, maybe even 3 1/2.

    The most interesting thing about this book was that Hosp built a fictional mystery around a real event---the biggest art theft in history. The theft took place at the Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. The art works have never been recovered, and are estimated to be worth half a billion dollars! In this story, Hosp creates an entirely fictional scenario about the theft and its aftermath.

    In a previous book, I really enjoyed the snappy dialogue among Finn, Koz, and Lissa. In

    they've got a new sidekick---the saucy and streetwise 14-year-old Sally Malley. She fits right in with all the wisecracking. I love what she tells Koz about marriage: "Don't be too old to change. If you leave the toilet seat up, you'll lose her." Listen up, boys!

  • Gerald Sinstadt

    David Hosp, a Boston lawyer, gets a back-cover mention in the same breath as Grisham, Connelly and Turow. It's true he inherits the same territory but Among Thieves has a feel of having been manufactured rather than written.

    Scott Finn - a Boston lawyer, what else? - has a client thrust upon him; the accused has been caught red-handed in a clothing robbery but a link soon emerges to a major art theft. Around this real-life event, Hosp embroiders a tale that features unsavoury members of the IRA

    David Hosp, a Boston lawyer, gets a back-cover mention in the same breath as Grisham, Connelly and Turow. It's true he inherits the same territory but Among Thieves has a feel of having been manufactured rather than written.

    Scott Finn - a Boston lawyer, what else? - has a client thrust upon him; the accused has been caught red-handed in a clothing robbery but a link soon emerges to a major art theft. Around this real-life event, Hosp embroiders a tale that features unsavoury members of the IRA and the Massachussetts underworld together with sundry officers of the US law enforcement agencies. There are the nasty scenes of torture and murder which have becpme too readily prevalent in this genre, there is a romantic sub-plot which just about works, and a fifteen-year-old girl who strains credulity.

    I read on without difficulty but at the same time without deeply engaged compulsion. The dénoument had been provided with enough clues not to seem too arbitrary but still didn't ring entirely true. What is missing, is the showdown court roomdrama that peer-association seemed to suggest. The case for David Hosp remains unproven.

  • Bettie

    Narrated by George Guidall

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    Narrated by George Guidall

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    A fictional version of a true crime.

  • Harshil

    good thriller after slow start.

    Starting part was a bit slow and confusing with every new character introduce, but after some time when the real story start to connect with finn client, that time as a reader I start to felt like some solid heist thriller movie. and after that i never felt to put down the book.

    Finn - the cool, the main hero of the book and Liam - the psycho, the main villan of the book. what happen when cool and psycho fight for same things - "the stollen painting", books is all a

    good thriller after slow start.

    Starting part was a bit slow and confusing with every new character introduce, but after some time when the real story start to connect with finn client, that time as a reader I start to felt like some solid heist thriller movie. and after that i never felt to put down the book.

    Finn - the cool, the main hero of the book and Liam - the psycho, the main villan of the book. what happen when cool and psycho fight for same things - "the stollen painting", books is all about that.

    Final verdict - tolerate the starting part and enjoy the book.

    deserve the place in crime-mystery thriller.

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