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Once a Thief Once a Thief Once a Thief (Quinn/Thief #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,120 ratings  ·  50 reviews
With a priceless collection at stake...Is everything for the taking?
It had taken centuries for Max Bannister's family to acquire their treasures, and now he's been asked to risk his collection as bait for a master criminal. For his own reasons, Max allows a public exhibition, and to protect the family fortune he must rely on the skills of his half brother-a world-class se...more
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Published October 1st 2002 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jilly
It was okay though the description makes it sound liked it is a lot about Morgan and Quinn and while it is a bit about them I think it is really more about Storm and Wolfe (sounds like X-men but it isn't). The writing was good and it was interesting though it seems more like a set up for the next book which I suspect is actually about Morgan and Quinn.

I really liked Wolfe and Storm. They banter between them is wonderful. The relationship is a bit short do it seems a little far fetched but it was...more
Sara
A fun romp with some definite reaches when it comes to plausibility. A cat burglar and a museum collection chief... a match made in heaven?
Amelia
Once A Thief is a read made interesting because of its characters. Kay Hooper weaves a story that has very real characters, all of them well-etched. Though the synopsis on the back on the book says it's Quinn and Morgan's story, it's the tumultuous relationship between Wolfe and Storm (both human characters, of course. Don't get thrown off by the names!!) that rules the story.

Quinn and Morgan meet a few times and there's a surprise at the end of the book, but their relationship will probably be...more
Gina
Originally, I had purchased the second novel, Always a Thief, in hardcover for a really great deal - $5(CDN) brand new, straight from Coles. It sat on my TBR shelf for nearly a year because i have this incurable need to read series' and such books in order.

I finally managed to get my hands on this one without needing to order it, then felt this urgency to read it.

And I'm glad I did!

I thought the characters genuine and intuitive. I'm still trying to decide which was my fave and, laughingly, I'm l...more
Drucilla
First off, the description makes it seem like Morgan and Quinn are the main characters, but their story feels kind of secondary to Storm and Wolfe's. But because a good deal of time is spent on Morgan and Quinn, Storm and Wolfe's romance isn't really believable. It needed to be one or the other. Also, the "connection" Morgan and Quinn have comes off as a writer's convenience.
Heather
Loved the book and the only reason I didn't give it five stars was that it could have used a little more focus/ development on the ACTUAL main couple; Storm and Wolfe. Lots of excitement and witty banter. Loved the characters, the plot, the dialogue. This book has it all.
Karen
I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I'm picking up the sequel from the library today. This was my first Kay Hooper book I look forward to reading more in the future. This book had a good mix of excitement, romance and suspense.
Chelsea Barker
I've read this book so many times I love all of it. There are no slow parts, the characters are....I dunno... but all i can say about them is that I love them all and that none of them are so similar that you constantly get them confused, they each have a different and lovable background! I also love the storyline. Ok, Ok, I wouldn't rate it five star if i didn't like the storyline but I do like it anyway. When I first picked it up I thought alright, so here's a romance story where the girl fall...more
Joyce McKune
Morgan was trying to get the security ready for a museum showing of rare gems but feared "Quinn", the notorious cat burglar was going to try to steal the gems.
Supraja
Great Plot, nice and well developed characters with funny and intriguing scenes, but I wish the author concentrated more on the possible theft. Instead it becomes more about Wolfe and Storm's affair and the secrets she hides from others. Admittedly, the book ends on a high note, leaving readers with lots of questions in mind about the Sequel. Yet, the wait to get there is tedious, with scenes that should have our hearts racing with anticipation for a theft rather becomes into a romantic moment b...more
 Marla
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Mary Kimball
A little different than the Bishop series but still very good. Love the characters.
Angie crosby
awesome book. This is the first book about a mysterious Art thief, Quinn who's talent at art heists rivals none. A public exhibition of a famous art collection is a trap for quinn. The book takes place weeks before the art arrives at the exhibit as the security is beinf beefed up. The book ends, leaving me wanting to read the next one. Kept me reading and interested. Would read it again and recommend it.
Sue
More like 3.5, the thief Quinn is by far the most intriguing part of the story. unfortunately we are left unresolved but hooked on reading the next in the series. what lowered this rating was the 'couple'' didn't meet until a third of the way in. they were a fun couple a little more time building them up would have been advisable. But will continue the series for Quinn and Morgan.
Joan
I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to reading the next one. I just know that I am going to be disappointed if Kay Hooper doesn't give Quinn and Morgan more time together in the next one. Storm and Wolfe were definitley not just secondary characters in this books. I hope that the next books will be Quinn and Morgan's adventure.
Kat
I found this book during a recent used bookstore excursion, and it came home with me because I've owned the sequel for years and enjoyed it. So little is resolved in this book, however, that I'm not sure it was worth the bother. This book and its sequel really should have been published as one novel, as this book is mostly setup for the next one.
Kemi looves 2 read
I guess I'm simply used to the books by Kay Hooper which are thrillers/suspense with her psychic investigators. I found the story line in this book to be a bit busy, drawn out and confusing - an unstoppable cat burglar, interpol, thievery, romance, blackmail, etc in San Fran. I skipped some parts just to see how it ended.
Kerry  sullivan
OK I only got as far as page 40 of this book and I have found I am not interested in any of the people and really dont care if the nice jewellery get stolen or not. I think some of it is that I have the large print version and it makes the book feel slower in pace but the end result is the same, I give up.
Sarah
A fun read with a group interesting characters. I see this book as being more of an introduction to the next novel in the series, Always a Thief. It would have made sense for the two books to have been combined and published as one, but if you read them back to back, the story is virtually seamless.
Julie (J.P.) Pardy
I haven't read a book I didn't like from Kay Hooper. I liked this one as well. My only complaint is that even though it does stop at a good spot, you do need to read the next book to finish (or I hope) the story. So my advice would be to have both on hand so you don't have to wait.
Anita Fleming
Good read. Must read Always a Thief to finish to finish the story. Master thief, Quinn, comes to San Francisco to steal the Bannister collection, but gets his heart stolen instesd. Suprise, but the romance is this book is not Quinn and Morgan. Sex scenes are of the cozy variety.
Serenity
The four star rating is for how much I enjoyed it, not for how well it was written or the quality of the story. I enjoyed the characters much more than I enjoyed the story. It's just a quick and easy read, nothing life changing.
Melody Monzon
this book and Always a Thief were redone from 4 of her Loveswepts. I liked those a whole lot better than this and Always a Thief. If you can find all the books in the orginal series Men of Mysteries Past, it better.
Sheryl Burhenn
So far, I had a few chuckles. I cannot wait to see what happens with the romance between Quinn(cat burglar)and Morgan(director of valuable collection). Plus there is a sequel-Always a Thief. Ready for the next.
Wendy
I did not read the Men of Mysteries Past in order. I did not even know there was a series until Goodreads. That said, I like this and Always a Thief because they remind me of the old TV show It Takes a Thief.
Joe O'c
Very Good; wealthy man decides to put art collection on display to draw in master criminal; security team prepares and deals with threats, including that of a suave burglar.
Gjbates
I preferred the sequel - Always a thief since I cared about those characters more than these, but this should be read before that since it is basically one story in the two books
Jacki
Kay Hooper rocks! I loved the characters and the story as well. Loved how it just flowed into the next book, Always a Thief, hoping that this is going to be a trilogy!
Carol Carlson


Disappointed in the ending.......I wasn't aware it was part one. I thought it rambled on & it was hard to keep reading it. Not at all like Kay's other books.
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Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there.
The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction compan...more
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