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Il principe dei ladri

by Hogan Chuck, Corbetta L. (Translator)

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Title:Il principe dei ladri
Authors:Hogan Chuck
Other authors:Corbetta L. (Translator)
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Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan

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Grime stained and radiating the sour smell of beer and bodies, Chuck Hogan’s [Prince of Thieves] is a blue-collar book, like Charlestown, the blue-collar, Boston neighborhood from which it is born. Irish and Catholic and fermented with blood, this oldest neighborhood in Boston spawned the largest number of bank and armored car robberies, per capita, than any other neighborhood in the United States in the 1990’s.

Hogan seized on the underbelly of Charlestown to tell the story of Doug MacRay and his crew. The book opens with the crew pulling a “Morning Glory/Jack-in-the-box” robbery of a Charlestown bank – the crew breaks in overnight and waits for the bank management to arrive, taking over the bank and waiting for the vaults time-lock to expire. The job doesn’t go exactly as planned, and one of the crew takes the bank manager, Claire, hostage for their flight, releasing her once they are clear. Doug keeps tabs on Claire, making sure that she hasn’t been able to identify the crew to the FBI, and then begins a relationship with her. The rest of the book follows Doug and his crew as they continue to pull heists and evade the FBI.

A plot summary doesn’t do the book justice, though, just as you might miss the soul of Charlestown by looking only at the grime and soot on the old buildings. Doug, it turns out, was a hockey phenom, drafted by the Boston Bruins, only to flame out in violence and drug abuse. During the last of his second bit in Mass. DOC, Doug finds AA, and begins to turn his life around. But back home, he can’t turn his back on friends and family and a way of life. Though born of violence and manipulation, Doug’s relationship with Claire is his chance to break free of all of the things in his life that keep him rooted in the Town.

Many of you may have seen the film version of this novel, “The Town,” from Ben Affleck a few years back. While the film is grounded firmly in Charlestown, the story is not quite as deep as told here in the novel. The film stands on its own as a fair representation of the Irish crook life, it doesn’t get at the soul of Hogan’s novel, which is really the battle for Doug’s soul.

Hogan gives Dennis Lehane a run for his money as the voice of blue-collar Irish Boston. Without seeding the story in that real blue-collar, Irish world, Hogan wouldn’t be able to pull off the story of such a character trying to break free of all the things that he’s been bred to believe he is.

Bottom Line: A heist book on the surface, and a story about breaking free at its soul.

5 bones!!!!!
A favorite for the year. ( )
1 vote blackdogbooks | May 15, 2014 |
3.5 stars, really.

This is a fast pace, surprisingly interesting book. The characters have more depth than I was expecting, and Hogan's writing is clean and smart. The book is about four bank robbers, but Charlestown (the town they live in) is it's own character as well.

This isn't the kind of book I normally read, but it was fast and fun. I definitely recommend for a fast light read if you like action packed thrillers, because it's great *and* it has a fair amount of good character development (which is rare). ( )
  suzemo | Mar 31, 2013 |
3.5 stars, really.

This is a fast pace, surprisingly interesting book. The characters have more depth than I was expecting, and Hogan's writing is clean and smart. The book is about four bank robbers, but Charlestown (the town they live in) is it's own character as well.

This isn't the kind of book I normally read, but it was fast and fun. I definitely recommend for a fast light read if you like action packed thrillers, because it's great *and* it has a fair amount of good character development (which is rare). ( )
  suzemo | Mar 31, 2013 |
I was drawn to this novel when I read all of the great reviews for the film that it inspired. I'm the kind of person who likes to read the book before the movie. I was struck by the grit that Hogan portrays when describing this section of Boston. While comparisons can be made to Dennis Lehane, I think Hogan brings a unique view to this story. On the surface, it appears to be a run of the mill action/heist story, but at its core, this novel is a riveting tale of forbidden love and the struggle to overcome the limitations of class and family.
  es135 | Jan 10, 2012 |
I took a chance on this book, even though I'm not usually a fan of crime novels or mysteries, and was pleasantly surprised. This novel (which inspired the recent movie "The Town") is not a crime drama or a mystery after all. It is mainly a character study of Doug, an ex con, bank robber, recovering alcoholic who has grown beyond his friends, his profession, and the small-town, hard-core, bad neighborhood he grew up in. Insightful, thought-provoking, and impossible to put down. ( )
  bkwurm | Oct 6, 2011 |
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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Matthew 6:21
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To my mother: How great the darkness.
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Doug MacRay stood inside the rear door of the bank, breathing deeply through his mask.
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Prince of Thieves, originally published in 2004, will be re-issued as a movie tie-in edition with the new title The Town in August 2010.
The 2004 abridged audiobook Prince of Thieves and the 2010 abridged audiobook re-issued under the movie tie-in title The Town are the same reading of the work as performed by the actor Donnie Wahlberg. These 6 hour abridged editions should not be combined with the complete unabridged print editions of Prince of Thieves or The Town. There are no unabridged audiobook editions available currently (August 2010). Thank you.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 074326455X, Hardcover)

The men wear masks. Their guns are drawn on the bank manager. She nervously recites the alarm code, and the tumblers within the huge vault fall. The timing and execution are brilliant. It could be the perfect heist. But as the huge sum of cash is stolen, so too is one man's heart -- and that man is the Prince of Thieves...

Charlestown, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood, produces more bank robbers and armored car thieves than any square mile in the world. In this gripping, intricately plotted thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank and one of an influx of young professionals chipping away at the neighborhood's insularity, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can't get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and as soon as he and Claire meet, their mutual attraction is undeniable -- as are the risks of a relationship.

Meanwhile, Doug's crew pulls off another audacious, meticulously planned job. Frustrated by their ingenuity and brazen ambition, FBI Agent Adam Frawley begins to zero in on Doug and his pals -- and against his own better judgment, he, too, develops more than a professional interest in Claire.

Under pressure from Frawley's ever-closer investigation, Doug imagines a life for himself away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. It's a magnificently dangerous and utterly irresistible opportunity -- yet for Doug, pursuing his former hostage may be the most dangerous act of all...

Chuck Hogan's brash tale of four men -- thieves, rivals, friends -- being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent, and the woman who may destroy them all, is a spectacular, stylish, heart-pounding thriller.

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Claire Keesey finds herself attracted to two men--Doug MacRay, the leader of a crew of criminals and bank robbers, and FBI agent Adam Frawley--but her relationships are complicated by Frawley's plans to eliminate Boston's criminal element.

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