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Prince of Thieves

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  3,436 ratings  ·  377 reviews
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, p
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ebook, 384 pages
Published August 10th 2004 by Scribner (first published 2004)
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Kemper
I must have larceny in my heart because whenever I see an armored car, I always have that brief moment of idle thought where I wonder how much cash it’s carrying and if I could come up with a plan to rob one and get away with it. Apparently I should have been born in the Charlestown area of Boston because hijacking armored trucks used to be a major pastime of some it’s residents.

Set in the mid-’90s, Doug MacRay is a former hockey star who blew his chance at going pro and is now a recovering alco
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Matt
Before he was a terrible actor and a mediocre comedian, Dane Cook was an above-average comedian. Back then, he had a funny bit about what all men wanted: a pet monkey, and to participate in a heist. I’ve never wanted a monkey; I’m too realistic for that. They smell, they fling their feces, and there’s always the possibility they will tear the flesh from your still-living face. A heist, though…That’s a little more interesting. There is something undeniably seductive about the planning, intricacy, ...more
Joe Valdez
Prince of Thieves, the 2004 heist novel by Chuck Hogan that served as source material for The Town starring Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner, is the best book I've given up on and had to rate with one star since joining Goodreads. It does not make me a happy man to do this and would recommend the book to anyone hooked by the synopsis who hasn't seen the movie. I have seen the movie and trying my damnedest, could find no compelling reason to stay in this taxicab. Let me off here, driver.

Hogan's writ
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Patricia
I prefer to read the book and then watch the movie, but sometimes when watching a movie my favorite title credit will flash onto the screen: based on a the book ABC by 123. "There's a book?" I always silently exclaim. If I like the movie--and sometimes if I don't like the movie--I'll seek out the book.

I expected to like the movie the Town in a "wow, this is a really bad movie but I like it" sort of way. However, it turned out to be quite gripping and I really did like it. The book turned out to
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Matt Garcia
Fantastic crime thriller. Memorable characters galore and Hogan made me feel like I was a part of "The Town." The raw emotion can be felt on every page. Excellent novel
CC
Yeah, I liked this. The writing was spry for the most part, a gold nugget of a phrase every other page or so made me smile throughout. Charlestown's hard, blue-collar roots are undergoing a gentrification and to his own surprise, so is bank robber Doug MacRay. Newly sober and newly burdened by a heavy conscience, he sees what his hard life of crime and dead-ends has done to him, and wants to change.

Change comes in the form of bank manager/hostage, Claire. Pursuing her offers him new hope: she's
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Laura
Crooks, thieves, heists, jobs, getaways, cuts, cops, drugs, temptations, and loves.

Chuck Hogan’s The Town has it all and more! A dark, suspenseful, action packed tale about friendship and loyalty in a world filled with crime, betrayal, and “if only” dreams.

So far this year, no audio book has been able to hold my attention until this story read by….wait for it…Mr. Donnie Wahlberg! The man has been in my life, heart, and ears for years, but this was just a brand new bag of love! It was kismet! Eff
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Jane Stewart
Engrossing. Engaging. Wonderful character development and dialogue. The ending is tragic/sad. I grieved and cried too much.

STORY BRIEF:
Doug’s mother left or disappeared when Doug was in first grade. After that his father went to jail. Doug has lived with the Coughlans ever since. Doug went to jail for a year or so for beating up someone. Now he is 32. He robs banks and armored trucks with his friends, Jem Coughlan, Gloansy, and Dez.

The book opens with a bank robbery. The guys are wearing masks.
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Michael
The worst part of this book was I had the movie tie-in cover so everytime I picked the thing up I had to look at Ben Affleck's face. Worse than his face (which is bad enough), but his profile, framed in some type of thought-provoking prose which, for me, is a disturbing image. Other than that, I thought this was a pretty good character-driven crime story, but it didn't have the hard edge I was hoping for. Characters were well developed for the most part, but were a little caricaturish and they l ...more
Ashley
I seen this on my which list on amazon and had to get it!(I got the Version The Town movie cover paperback one) it's was only $3 and I could not pass it up... I was going for "The Strain" trilogy books (i only need book 2-3, Ihave the 1st on the E-book) but this and I had to get another thing while I was at it..

But boy am I glad I did!

This was a riveting book. It had everything! Bank Robbery, Long time friends at the end of there friendships, A " I Always Get My Man FBI Agent, Un-knowing beau
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Rick F.
excellant gritty Boston Crime drama- far deeper and more touching then your typical thriller- READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah
I wasn't planning to read this book. I found it on sale at a bookstore so I bought it. I saw the movie and I thought it was good. At first, there were loads of things I wasn't yet familiar with (such as the details of bank robbery, armored trucks, hockey, Irish community etc.) It was predominantly a male thing. But as I kept on reading, I learned a lot about such things. The writer is so skilled and left no detail to chance and I was very fond of the protagonist; an antihero but the sort of man ...more
Jana
I thank Ben Affleck's movie 'The Town' for two things: Ray Lamontagne and his beautiful song 'Jolene' which became one of my dearest. And although I’ve never been Bob Dylan’s lyrical sadness type of listener, this is perfect. It makes the same goose skin effect like when I listen to Tracy Chapman's 'Fast car' and Springsteen’s 'River' (although Joshua Kadison's 'Jessie' as well fits into this storytelling category). Second reason why I thank Ben Affleck is his idea to adapt this book into a movi ...more
June Ahern
Borrowed from my host, I began this book on a long weekend, hoping I would finish it. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! The story is so compelling and each character, especially the main ones: Doug, Jem, Clair and even Frawly, the FBI agent, were believable to their roles. Growing up with a "hood" with "hoods" I got right into the scene and Hogan does justice to his characters and setting. As a reader (the viewer) I was there in every movement and thought. Of course from early on in the story as Doug, a l ...more
Tyler Collison
I waited longer than I'd intended to write up this review, so it'll be severely abbreviated, but there's still plenty of talking points:

1. Once the action mounts in this book and you know various parties are on a collision course, you can't bear to put it down. This is true all the way through its conclusion, when I was still unsure of how things would be resolved.

2. Thank God I hadn't seen the movie adaptation of this, because the detail Hogan puts forth in his exploring the various elements of
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Andy
The main reason I picked this book up was because I read the Del Toro/Hogan collaboration The Strain, but then I saw the movie The Town and thoughts it was the cat's pajamas. The movie was so interesting and enjoyable that I had to read the book. This book did not disappoint in any way, shape, or form. I do not want to give too much away, but if you've seen the film, you're in for a treat, because even thought the film takes form from the book, the book is it's own entity. The characters are mor ...more
Lennie
This was the book that dove me into the literature world. Chuck Hogan's best asset as a writer is his depth and detail into each character as if you know each person in the novel personally. An aspect of writing that is difficult to obtain, but Hogan is one of the best. The story is thrilling, sincere, and will leave you satisfied at the end. Hogan also has a way of shyly putting in short, significant lessons that make you even more root for the main character, Doug. I have read the rest of Chuc ...more
Lara Adrian
My first Chuck Hogan book, which I'd been eyeing when it first came out a few years ago, but never got around to picking up. So, when I heard the Ben Affleck movie THE TOWN (which I haven't seen yet) was adapted from this book, I had to give it a try. Really enjoyed Hogan's characters--more so Duggy, Jem, and the rest of their bank robbing crew than the victim/love interest Claire, who seemed thinly drawn by comparison (probably because we didn't get into her head until her POV scene at the end? ...more
Laura Williams
This book was pretty much what I hoped it would be: a fast-paced, easy read. I did think that it dragged in some parts, but overall it was a fun read. It takes place in Charlestown, a section of Boston, and revolves around four bank thieves. Boston is really its own character in the book and it seems to be going through the same changes that Doug is, who the main character. Both The Town and Doug are trying to clean up their act, but just can't seem to get away from a life of crime. Besides Doug ...more
Sallie
I picked this up because it's been re-released under the title "The Town", the name of the new
Movie directed by Ben Affleck. The cast is superb, but I wanted to read the book before the movie - and I was not disappointed. Chuck Hogan writes the most tortured - yet understandable - bank robber you'll ever meet. And it doesn't stop there - the entire crew is nuanced and grabby - you don't want to get invested in them, but you do. Overall, I loved the story - the only complaint was that because of
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Shandy Kurth
WEW! That was an emotional roller coaster!
I've been the movie the town and didn't know that it was based off of a book so when i came across this one at my local used book store in audio i was like HECK YES!
It didn't disapoint! Great look at street life and the mechanics of robbary but also the characters involved, the main character Doug, you just wanted to shake him and wake him up! And tell him to go with his gut and that it was going to be okay if he would just do what he knew was right!! Lo
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Esther
Great heist novel about a guy who's a pro at stealing money from various guarded places. In-depth description of the armored car gives you a much deeper respect for why it's so hard to hijack one.

Main character is seeking redemption, but his 'friends' hold him back every step of the way.... The struggle is compelling, and although he's a criminal, I found myself cheering for him every step of the way.
Amanda
The Town is a much better title than The Prince of Thieves - in my opinion. Mostly because the story is as much about Doug MacRay's surroundings as it is about Doug himself. Prince of Thieves just kinda sounds corny anyway :P Anyhow I wanted to read this one because I absolutely loved the movie and I have heard good things about Chuck Hogan; this book did not disappoint!
TL
Took awhile cause I wasn't sure what to write about this book...

I had a good time reading this...the novel opened quietly but with a bang as well. Jem had me groaning and wanting to smack him from the beginning, you can tell from the small glimpse there he's a little off balance.

I wouldn't call this a "slow paced" novel, to me its more "steady"... it lets events unfold without rushing things and you get a glimpse into everyone's lives and heads. You root for them even though you know that somet
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Nicolas
L'un des rares bouquins où j'ai vraiment été "avec" les personnages, sans savoir avec qui me ranger et où la lecture de chaque chapitre était prenante de peur qu'il leur arrive un coup de pute. Après y a eu le film (raté) et j'ai moins rigolé.
Dale
Excellent novel. The characters made this book. Doug, Gem, Dez, all of them. You could feel Doug's desperation to break out, and you could completely understand why he couldn't. The ending, while predictable, was exactly what it needed to be.
Val Wilkerson
Great story about a group of 4 bank robbers, friends from way back, grew up together, one of them actually holding down an honest job with Ma Bell.
They have been getting away with their robberies, but they are starting to
make errors. Doug, one of the four, has been going to AA meetings, has given up liquor for over a year, is thinking about giving up the life of crime, maybe only one more job and he can afford to take off.....
then he starts dating a bank manager, and falling in love with her, on
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Bryan Wood
I began reading this book knowing that it would be different and most likely better than the movie, The Town, and without surprise, I was right. I still enjoyed the movie, but there's the usual scene differences and definitely more detail that gives you your own movie to view in your head. Throughout the book, I hated MacRay more and loved Coughlin more, being pretty much the opposite in the movie. It seems like it starts in the very beginning, MacRay starts losing it, going soft while throughou ...more
Greg
That'll teach me to read a book that's soon-to-be a major motion picture written by and directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
Michelle Mysko
A very good heist/romance story. It was made into the move The Town, which is worth watching.
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Chuck Hogan is an American author. His story "Two Thousand Volts" appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009. He is the co-author of The Strain Trilogy with Guillermo del Toro. His 2004 novel Prince of Thieves was adapted to film as the Ben Affleck directed The Town in 2010.
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