Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves

eBook - 2020
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In this tantalizing thriller from a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a woman uncovers lifelong secrets as she searches for the truth behind her father's involvement in a heist gone wrong.
Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it.
Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago — presumably with the money, after murdering his accomplice — has never reconciled with her father's abandonment of her and her sister. After countless personal setbacks she decides to return to her family home near mysterious Caddo Lake, and finally get answers to the many questions that torment her. Little does she know, two of her father's co-conspirators — a war hero and a corrupt district attorney — are watching her every move.
Ledge Burnet, a rebellious teen at the time of the heist, evaded his jail sentence by enlisting in the army. Now he's back in town to care for his ailing father — and to keep his eye on the county's corrupt district attorney, whom he suspects was the real murderer. Although the two are bound to silence because of the crime they committed together, each has spent years waiting and hoping that the other will make a fatal misstep. But the arrival of their elusive accomplice's daughter, Arden, who may know more about the missing money than she's telling, sets them both on red alert. She ignites Ledge's determination to expose the D.A.'s treachery . . . and sparks a desire he wishes to deny.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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labraden
Apr 07, 2021

Arden Maxwell decides to have her baby and live in the house that she and her sister vacated when Arden was ten year old. At the time, their father had disappeared leading to accusations that he committed a burglary of a local business and the murder of one of his accomplices. However, it isn't long before she loses her baby in the middle of the local grocery store. While trying to survive the depression that follows, Arden's sister, Lisa, attempts to convince her to come back with her to Dallas until she decides what to do with the rest of her life, but Arden isn't ready to leave the past behind and makes a plan to renovate the house using local contractor Ledge Burnet. Ledge's initial refusal doesn't deter Arden because she is now determined more than ever to find out what happened the night her father left them on the eve of Easter all those years ago.

Troubling in Thick as Thieves is that Arden's miscarriage is seemly no more than a plot device that is gone as quickly as it is mentioned, however, the book is filled with suspense and intriguing secrets leading to a couple of dandy twists near the end of the book. The plot, though, doesn't hold up in the last several pages of the book, and the dialogue becomes stilted and less than realistic. These issues detract from a story that has many strong points. Overall, this is a decent romantic suspense story with a somewhat overly dramatic ending. 3 1/2 stars.

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WritingChick65
Mar 10, 2021

This book has all the things I love about Sandra Brown and while not her best, is better than her last few offerings. As usual, you'll find a twisty plot, a spunky heroine and a complicated hero. In true Brown fashion, you'll reach the end going, "Wow, I didn't see that one coming." The story is told in a combination of flashbacks and present day encounters and centers around Arden Maxwell, who returns to her home town and the home she and her sister abandoned after their mother was tragically killed and their father, suspected of robbery and murder, disappeared without a trace, presumably with half a million dollars. Arden's return puts her under the scrutiny of a unscrupulous DA and brings her to the attention of Ledge, an ornery carpenter she approaches about completing renovations on her house. Romantic sparks fly and the tension ratchets up as Arden seeks to find out the truth about her father and the robbery that happened twenty years earlier.

siteoffice Jan 10, 2021

I always enjoy a Sandra Brown novel. This one didn't dissappoint. It kept me guessing and the twist at the end was one I didn't see coming.

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katgallag
Nov 21, 2020

before p.100 I knew the story. For the first time in my reading life (I started at 3 and am now 76) I went to the end. I read some pages as I was getting there to make sure I had the story straight and I was right. I don't know if I've I'm too old and read too many books and they are all becoming the same or this was poorly written. This is a first for me.

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barryandlinda
Sep 22, 2020

After 20 years, Arden Maxwell wants to know what happened to her father. He left her and her sister after a robbery and a murder. Arden believes in her heart that he had nothing to do with it. Ledge Burnet is trying to keep her safe and help stop the real murderer.

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Ontariotrekker
Sep 01, 2020

A 20 year old mystery is solved using clever flashbacks of the original crime and what the various characters are up to now in 2020. Brown's characters are always fully realized - great heroine and a handsome but of course complicated hero.

Only issue I had was the very beginning when there was a tragic start to the story.

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Sep 06, 2020

Sewjournfiddle thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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