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City of Thieves: A Novel
David Benioff

BENIOFF

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad to find the impossible.


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The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith

MYS HIGHSMITH

A product of a broken home, Tom Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.


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Prince of Thieves: A Novel
Chuck Hogan

HOGAN

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.


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The Republic of Thieves
Scott Lynch

SF LYNCH

With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all.


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L.A. Outlaws
T. Jefferson Parker

PARKER

Allison is an L.A. celebrity, a folk hero, and a modern-day Jesse James who loves a good armed robbery. She has a compulsion to steal, a knack for publicity, and the conscience to give it all to charity. In fact, one of her biggest fans is a cop.


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The Crypt Thief
Mark Pryor

Hugo Marson Novel
MYS PRYOR

It’s summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Père Lachaise cemetery. One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the US ambassador sends his best man to help the French police with their investigation.


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Theft of Swords
Michael J. Sullivan

Riyria Revelations series
SF SULLIVAN

Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.


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Parker
Richard Stark

STARK

When Parker finds himself working with Melander on a bank heist in a midwestern city, his job is throwing a Molotov cocktail into a gas station. The resulting explosion sends the cops and fire trucks to the east side of town, while Melander and his gang plunder the bank on the west side. Parker doesn’t care for flashy. And he doesn’t care for Melander’s plan for a new heist, one that will clean out Palm Beach of a lot of very expensive jewelry.


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The Good Thief
Hannah Tinti

TINTI

Growing up in a New England orphanage unaware of his family and of how he had lost his left hand as an infant, twelve-year-old Ren is terrified of the future, until a young man shows up claiming to be his long-lost brother, with whom he embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey of scam artists, petty criminals, and resurrection men.


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What's So Funny?
Donald E. Westlake

Dortmunder Novels
MYS WESTLAKE

All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex-cop named Eppick to pull Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play. With no choice, he musters his always-game gang and they set out on a perilous treasure hunt for a long-lost gold and jewel-studded chess set once intended as a birthday gift for the last Romanov czar.


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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

HIST TEEN ZUSAK

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Robert M. Edsel

HISTORY MILITARY WW2 EDS  

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: “degenerate” works he despised.
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.


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Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It
Travis McDade

TCRIME MCD

The gripping tale of the worst book-theft ring in American history, and the intrepid detective who brought it down. A fascinating look at the history of crime and literary culture of Manhattan’s Book Row in the 1920s and ‘30s, where organized crime met America’s cultural treasures in dark and crowded shops along gritty Fourth Avenue.


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Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground
Kevin Poulsen

TCRIME POU

Former hacker Poulsen has built a reputation as one of the top investigative reporters on the cybercrime beat. In Kingpin, he pours his unmatched access and expertise into book form for the first time, delivering a gripping cat-and-mouse narrative—and an unprecedented view into the twenty-first century’s signature form of organized crime.


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